First it was Haiti. Now it’s Japan.

Actor Josh Duhamel is once again teaming up with the American Red Cross of Santa Monica to host a “Youth Run 4 Japan,” an earthquake/tsunami relief fundraiser that also aims to help kids get physically fit.

The 2-mile run will be held on Santa Monica Beach Sunday morning — rain or shine, organizers said.

People of all ages are invited to join the run. Runners will gather at Dorothy Green Park adjacent to Beach Parking Lot 5 where Ocean Park Boulevard meets the beach at 2600 Barnard Way. Registration for the run opens at 10 a.m. The run itself will begin at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to make a $10 donation for American Red Cross Japan earthquake/tsunami relief efforts.

Children under 15 are required to bring a parent or adult guardian along. Runners are also asked to wear something red to show support for Japanese earthquake relief efforts.

In January of 2010, Duhamel led 2,500 runners on a similar beach run and raised over $100,000 for Red Cross Haiti earthquake relief.

“There is great joy in running and knowing you’re also helping the good people of Japan recover from the effects of a devastating earthquake and tsunami,” Duhamel said.

“Youth Run 4 Japan” participants will run a mile north to the Santa Monica Pier, then turn around and return to the starting point at the park.

Checks and money orders should be made out to “American Red Cross — Japan relief.” Cash will also be accepted. For complete information, go to the Santa Monica chapter website: www.redcrossofsantamonica.org or on Duhamel’s website: www.reliefrun.com.

Duhamel, 38, has a long history of supporting the American Red Cross. He is a member of the relief organization’s national Celebrity Cabinet and is a good friend of the Santa Monica chapter. He’s set to receive the Red Cross Spirit Award at the chapter’s annual Red Tie Affair fundraiser, Saturday evening, April 9 for his “Youth Run 4 Haiti.”

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