Record-Breaking Law School Race Sets Vigorous Pace for LRAP
On April 15, the Law School's annual Race for Justice, a 5K Fun Run and Walk benefiting the Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota (LRAP), brought members of the Law School and local legal communities, as well as members of the general public, to historic riverfront Minneapolis for an event of unprecedented success. On a picture-perfect spring day, the scenic race route looped participants around Nicollet Island, across the Mississippi on the Hennepin Avenue bridge, back over the Stone Arch Bridge, and down the stretch on St. Anthony Main.
Race results will be posted on the 2007 Race for Justice page as they become available.
In its fifth year, the race shattered records across the board. Contributing to the event’s success were more than 875 registrants, more than 100 hard-working volunteers, over 30 generous sponsors, and more than 20 spirited teams. Their combined efforts yielded an estimated $19,500 in proceeds for LRAP. By subsidizing education loan payments, LRAP helps dedicated graduates of the University of Minnesota and other local law schools provide much-needed representation to low-income litigants. More information on LRAP is available at http://www.lrapmn.org, and donations are still being accepted at http://www.active.com/donate/raceforjustice2007.
As in past years, all race participants and volunteers received coveted Race for Justice T-shirts and race packets. With the help of current LRAP attorneys and LRAP's Executive Director, Heather Rastorfer Vlieger, the fastest male and female finishers were recognized following the race. Top female finishers were Karla Valnsek, Dawn Brintnell, and Monica Stangl. The fastest men, all from the Law School Cross Country Team, were two-time top finisher Chris Lundberg in first place and Tom Church and Dan Church in second and third place. Award packets will soon be distributed to top individual and team finishers, and results and awards will be posted on the Law School Web site.
The Law School thanks Race Director Amber Fox for her dedicated work in organizing this worthwhile program as well as the many race volunteers, participants, donors, and sponsors, who helped ensure that a public-interest lawyer will be available when low-income Minnesotans need legal services.