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Camden Yards to host Casey Cares 5K Run/Walk

BALTIMORE -- The fourth annual Casey Cares 5K Run/Walk will take place at Camden Yards on Saturday, August 3, with the Orioles and OriolesREACH again partnering with the Casey Cares Foundation.

O's right fielder Nick Markakis and his wife, Christina, will serve as race ambassadors with Keith Mills, sports director of 98 Rock and WBAL Radio, the emcee.

The 3.1 mile run/walk starts at 8 a.m. ET, and it begins and ends at Oriole Park. Refreshments and a "Home Plate Finish" photo will be provided to each participant. Race winners in each age group will be announced in a pregame ceremony at the Orioles 7:05 p.m. game that night vs. the Seattle Mariners.

Registration for the race is open now through Aug. 3, and both teams and individuals are encouraged to register. Entry fees are $35 per person through Aug. 2 or $40 on race day. To register, visit

"We are thrilled to partner with such a fantastic organization as the Orioles for our 5K," Casey Baynes, founder and executive director of the Casey Cares Foundation, said in the release. "While many Casey Cares children do their 'running' through the halls in the hospital, you can help support these critically ill children and their families by running or walking in our 5K."

All proceeds of the 5K will benefit the Casey Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides personalized, uplifting and ongoing programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their family members throughout six states.

"Nick and I are so excited to be a part of the Casey Cares 5K," said Christina Markakis. "It is inspiring to see the brave, critically ill children and families that are helped through all of the Casey Cares Programs and awesome to see all the spirit come out of all the runners every year! We are thrilled to be a part of this special day and help make every day count for critically ill kids."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for
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