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April 16, 2007

Slug Run, injury prevention class offered by UCSC Recreation

The 8th annual UCSC Slug Run will take place at the east fields on Saturday, April 21. Online registration closes April 18 at midnight.

Photo of Sammy the Slug with young runner

Runner Sean Ferraro gets a congratulatory hug from Sammy the Slug at last year's Slug Run.

The event offers a challenging 5- and 10K race with heart-stirring views of the Monterey Bay. Bring a picnic and enjoy the view with your family after the race. Meet Sammy the Slug, the acclaimed UCSC mascot.

Register online at or download a registration form at The fee for both the 5K and the 10K is $20 and includes a short-sleeve shirt; the kids' 1K Fun Run is $5 (no t-shirt). The kids' 1K begins at 8 a.m., the 5K at 8:15 a.m., and the 10K at 8:30 a.m. Medals will go to the top three in each five-year age division.

For more information, go to, e-mail, or call (831) 684-0867.

UCSC Recreation is also offering a workshop in Sports Injury Prevention and Self-Care Strategies on Thursday, April 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, East Field House. Cost is $10.

Students in this class will gain increased understanding of the anatomy and physiology and the warning signs and symptoms of common overtraining and repetitive strain injuries, including jumper's and runner's knee, rotator cuff syndromes, tennis/golfer's elbow, and shin splints. Prevention will be emphasized through compensatory exercises and stretches, including core/trunk strengthening; selection of appropriate footwear; and the roles of nutrition, sleep, and stress management in tissue health.

The instructor, Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, CPT, has worked in physical rehabilitation and sports medicine for 10 years as a physical therapy aide, athletic training assistant, and licensed acupuncturist. He is a professional member and Certified Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine.

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