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June 10th

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Run, Walk & Fun 4 the Kids

ChildServe’s Run, Walk, and FUN 4 the Kids is a family-friendly annual event held on ChildServe’s beautiful Johnston campus. Activities include a 5K run and a 1 mile run/walk, free children’s fun runs, and a finish line festival with plenty of fun for the entire family - crafts, carnival games, spin art, pancake breakfast, face painting, and much more! For only $15 per registration, it's a great way to support a great cause.

Event Details

Where: 5406 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131.
Cost: Registered Before June 9th: $15, After June 9th: $25
Date/Time: Saturday June 10, 2017 at 8:30 am
Register: www.donate.childserve.org/run

Run Day Schedule

7:00am - Packet pick-up opens
8:30am - Finish Line Festival starts, Breakfast starts
9:00am - 5k Runners
9:20am - Walkers
9:45am - Awards Ceremony
10:15am - Children's Fun Runs start
11:00am - Finish Line Festival ends

Getting here & parking

To get to ChildServe from I-80/35, exit at Merle Hay Road and go north 0.5mi. ChildServe is on the left. For those that use GPS, our address is 5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131. Parking is available in our parking lots as well as behind Hy-Vee (just north of ChildServe on Merle Hay) with shuttle service provided. The shuttle will begin at the gazebo behind Hy-Vee and will run approximately every 6 minutes beginning at 6:30am. If you are able, we ask that you park in the Hy-Vee lots so that families with children with special healthcare needs can park in the closer lots.

About the Run

Participants in ChildServe’s Run, Walk and FUN 4 the Kids can choose between a timed 5K race and an untimed 1 mile run/walk. All race proceeds fund programming to help children with special healthcare needs have a great summer.

What would summer be without baseball games, trips to the zoo, swimming, fishing, camping, and all of the outdoor activities that make summer so much fun? For children with special healthcare needs, having these kinds of “great life” experiences can be challenging - but not impossible! Thanks to event sponsors and participants, children can visit the zoo and Adventureland, go swimming at the pool, receive scholarships to Camp ChildServe, and enjoy other fun activities all summer long.

2017 Course Map

Pre-Race Packet Pick-up or Registration

Friday, June 10th from 4:00 – 6:30pm

ChildServe - Entrance B (5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston)

Day-Of Packet Pick-up or Registration:

Saturday, June 11th from 7:00 – 8:30am NO registrations and check-ins after 8:30am.

ChildServe - Entrance B (5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston)

Packet pick up and registration for all events will be held at ChildServe's Entrance B

Joining a team greatly enhances the fun for everyone!

Any corporation, hospital, organization, church, co-op, school, group of friends, family, neighborhood or group can be a team. A team is a minimum of 3 people, and may consist of runners, walkers or spectators in any combination. Men and women can participate in both events - 5K run and the 1-mile run/walk. There is no limit to the number of members you can have on your team- the more the merrier!

Preparation

Preparing for the Run, Walk and FUN 4 the Kids as a team only adds to the experience. We hope you will use the ideas below as inspiration for creating your own challenges and team activities:

  • Organize interdepartmental competitions for largest team or most donations pledged
  • Write an article for your company, neighborhood or church newsletter to recruit team members, raise pledges and increase awareness about the event
  • Encourage team members to raise pledge money and be creative with the fundraising
  • Design team apparel to be worn on Run day, including t-shirts and hats
  • Make posters or banners to carry in the Run - feature your team name or a child you love
  • Rally a cheering squad to support your team on Run day
  • Use your own enthusiasm to promote the race on social media, in your face-to-face interactions, or in other ways

Packet Pickup

Team captains who plan to pick up race packets for their whole team must notify ChildServe by Thursday, June 8th. Please contact Roxanne Wicks at 515-727-1480 or roxannw@childserve.org so that packets can be put together in advance. Packets may be picked up on Friday, June 9th between 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at ChildServe (Entrance B). Please note - if a runner’s registration form is incomplete (without signature, event, or age), team captains will be unable to pick up that runner’s packet.

Runners may pick up their own race packets on either Friday, June 9th between 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, June 10th between 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. NO registrations and check-ins after 8:30am.

At 9:45am, 5K Run awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for women and men in the following age divisions: 19 and under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; and 60 and older. Winners will receive a sporting goods gift card in the following amounts: 1st place: $25, 2nd place: $20, and 3rd Place: $15. No awards will be given for the 1-mile walk/run. All racers will receive a free race t-shirt.

All participants in the free children’s fun runs will receive a medal.

Following the race, a complete listing of results will be posted on race grounds and also on this website.

  • Pre-race: Outside ChildServe Entrance B
  • On course: Water stations at 1 mile and 2 ¼ mile (the turnaround point of the 5K)
  • Post-race: at the Finish Line & refreshment area.

Finish Line Festival

Be sure to stay for the Finish Line Festival and awards ceremony. We will recognize the top three runners in each age group. Refreshments will be available for race participants as well as time to relax and cool down with activities for the entire family to enjoy.

Children's Fun Runs

Kids love participating in our free 50-yard dash! The event starts at 10:15am with heats for each age group. All children will receive a paper bib number & toy medal for participating in the race. This race is untimed.

Awards Ceremony

At 9:45am, 5K Run awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for women and men in the following age divisions: 19 and under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; and 60 and older. Winners will receive a sporting goods gift card in the following amounts: 1st place: $25, 2nd place: $20, and 3rd Place: $15.

Following the race, a complete listing of results will be posted on race grounds and also on this website. No awards will be given for the 1-mile walk/run..

Breakfast

Join us before or after the race for breakfast! The Johnston Kiwanis will be cooking up pancakes and sausage from 8:30am until 11am or when supplies run out. Freewill donations are appreciated, but not required.

Activities for Kids

ChildServe’s Finish Line Festival has free fun for all! Children are invited to play carnival games, plant flowers in their very own flowerpot, or create a spin art masterpiece to hang on the fridge. Face painting will be available, and the dunk tank is sure to make a splash. Join in the fun!

Sponsors

We need your help to help children with special healthcare needs live a great life. As a ChildServe Run, Walk, and FUN 4 the Kids sponsor, your company or organization will receive great visibility within the Des Moines community and can make a difference in the lives of children and families all across Iowa.

An early commitment will ensure exposure to all pre-race events and inclusion in all appropriate advertising, print materials, t-shirts, and signage. Opportunities exist at various sponsorship levels, with increasing benefits for your organization at each increment.

Click here to view the 2017 Sponsorship Brochure. For more sponsorship information email Erica Axiotis at E.Axiotis@childserve.org.

Opportunities exist at various sponsorship levels, with increasing benefits for your organization at each increment.

Volunteering

Race volunteers needed! We are looking for high school students and older to help with the kid's run, festival games, finish line, and much more. Volunteers are essential for keeping the Run, Walk, & FUN 4 the Kids running smoothly and ensuring that everyone has a great time!

Questions, contact Kaylene Steele at 515.331.8139 or email kaylens@childserve.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Located in ChildServe's Entrance B (Check-in) and the Finish Line Festival area (finish line).
Please do not bring your pets, even dogs on leashes, as there will be a very large crowd and many children who may be afraid of animals. Service animals are welcome.
The Run, Walk, & FUN 4 the Kids will go: rain, shine, hail or hurricane (we’re hoping for the shine!) This event will not be cancelled or postponed.


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