FOR RELEASE:  Thursday, May 27, 2015
Media Contact:  Bob Anderson 515-233-1878
Ames Morning Rotary – Successful Inaugural Fundraising Event!
The Ames Morning Rotary launched their 1st annual Kids Run for Kids event on May 2nd, 2015 at Brookside Park in Ames.  This was a fun-filled family event to raise funds to benefit kids locally and globally. 
The event began at 8:00 in the morning and offered multiple games and activities.  Highlights included a miniature golf course thanks to Rotary President Al Hermanson.  He had been storing this delightful treasure since it had been designed and built as a 4-H project several years ago.  Making May baskets was also a huge hit.
The event was purposefully titled “Run” versus “Race” to help promote physical fitness and was offered for kids age 12 days old through 12 years old.  Four different distances were available: 1K, 2K, 3K, and 4K. 
We had 114 total runners!  66 were kids and 48 were adults.  The average age of the kids was 6 years old.  Parents, guardians, and even grandparents accompanied their kids on the run. 
We raised $8,810.  Half, $4,405, went to the Ames Police Benefit Association to support their interactions with the Boys and Girls Club of Story County—thus benefiting kids locally, and $4,405 went to The Rotary Foundation to support its world-wide polio eradication effort—thus benefiting kids internationally. 
We are looking forward to our 2016 Kids Run for Kids event scheduled for April 30, 2016.
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