The Santa Monica chapter of the American Red Cross is adding some star power to its Youth Run fundraiser.

Film and television actor Josh Duhamel is once again teaming up with the American Red Cross to host this reoccurring fundraiser. The 2-mile beach run and jog will be held on Santa Monica Beach on Dec. 2 — rain or shine.

The public is invited to join the course. Runners and joggers will assemble in beach parking lot No. 5 where Ocean Park Boulevard meets the beach at 2600 Barnard Way. Registration for the run opens at 9 a.m. The run will begin at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to make a $10 donation for the American Red Cross PrepareSoCal disaster preparedness campaign.

Children under 16 are required to bring a parent or adult guardian along. Runners and joggers should wear something red to show support for the Red Cross.

Youth Run participants will run or jog a mile north to the Santa Monica Pier, then turn around and return to the starting point.

In January 2010 and March 2011, Duhamel led thousands of runners and raised over $200,000 for both Japanese and Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Donations collected at this year’s Youth Run will go toward the American Red Cross PrepareSoCal campaign to help Southern Californians get ready for disasters and to gather relief supplies that could be deployed in recovery efforts such as after a major earthquake.

“There is great joy in running and knowing that you’re also helping the American Red Cross prepare Southern California for disaster,” Duhamel said.

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