The 2018 Kids Run For Kids is a fun-filled, family event offered to Story County families by the Ames Morning Rotary Club. The event will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Brookside Park, 1325 Sixth St. in Ames. The purpose is to encourage children to become runners and to strengthen family relationships by providing a fun-filled morning of family activities. Children from age 12 days old through 12 years old are invited to participate. Older siblings (age 13 and older) of child runners, parents, grandparents, guardians and friends are encouraged to run with the child/children and must have a child running. Kids Run For Kids offers four distances, from which the child chooses one distance to run. These are 1K, 2K, 3K and 4K. A ribbon will be awarded to each runner (child, older sibling or adult) who completes one of the distances. The 4K run will start at 9 a.m., the 3K at 9:10, the 2K at 9:20 and the 1K at 9:30. Family activities will be available from 8-11.


The event is filled with family-friendly activities, including a nine-hole miniature golf course, a variety of lawn games such as washer toss, bean-bag toss, croquet, face painting, crafts, a “from seed to plate” activity and more. Also present at the event will be a police patrol car, fire truck, ambulance and bookmobile, with appropriate staff to interact with children and adults.


Runners can be guaranteed to get a T-shirt with their registration if received before Thursday, April 12. You can preregister online through www.imathlete.com/events/KidsRunforKids2018 until midnight Wednesday, April 25, or through paper forms available at AmesAMRotary.org returned in the mail. Runners may also register at Brookside Park before the run, beginning at 7:30 a.m.


The event will benefit children, both locally and internationally. Seventy percent of the net proceeds will go to benefit kids locally — 40 percent to improve the Ames Police image among members of the Boys and Girls Club of Story County and 30 percent to encourage early childhood literacy by support of Ames Area Raising Readers. The additional 30 percent of net proceeds will benefit kids nationally and internationally — 20 percent to help eradicate polio from this earth and 10 percent to buy braces for the nonsurgical correction of clubfoot.


For more information, contact Bob Anderson at 515-233-1878 or BAnderAmes@aol.com.