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Media Advisory: 5th Annual Race to Benefit The Childrens Center at USM

TO: News editors, directors

WHAT: The Children's Center Classic 10K, 5K, & 1-mile fun run

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 22, 5:30 pm, Saturday, Feb. 23, 8:30 am

WHERE: Friday – The Children's Center for Communication and Development | Saturday – Pride Field area (parking lot where the volleyball construction has been taking place, off of 4th St.)

SPECIFICS: 5th annual race for The Children's Center at USM. The fun run (children only) will take place at The Children's Center on Friday at 5:30 pm and the 5K and 10K will take place at the Pride Field parking lot at USM at 8:30 am (race day registration beginning at 7:00 am). There will also be children who receive therapy from us and their families at The Children's Center Saturday morning at 8:30 am (located on Fraternity Row, across from the SAE house), cheering on the racers as they pass by The Center.

CONTACT: Courtney Tesh, Communications Coordinator, 601.266.4742, courtney.teshFREEMississippi.

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The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit