Local police officers are creating relationships with youth with help from Kids Run for Kids. On April 28, 181 runners participated in the fourth annual Kids Run for Kids in Ames’ Brookside Park, sponsored by the Ames Morning Rotary Club. “We’re quite please with the way the event’s grown, both in number of runners and funds raised,” said Bob Anderson, Rotary member and event organizer.

In past years, the Ames Police Department has used funds from the run to enhance a variety of events where officers interact with youth, including National Night Out and the Carving with Cops Fall Festival. This year, funds were also distributed to the Story City, Nevada and Boone police departments. Over $7,400 was given.

In addition to funds raised through runner registrations, over 60 sponsors donated. McDonald’s restaurants of Ames, Story City and Nevada has been a sponsor for the past two years. Jim Baker of McDonald’s said, “McDonald’s believes in kids and education and that’s why we wanted to support it.”

Rotary International has clubs around the world with a purpose of providing service and advancing peace and goodwill. Funds from Kids Run for Kids were also distributed to Story County childhood literacy programs as well as Rotary International programs for the eradication of polio and braces for clubfoot correction. Next year’s run is scheduled for April 27, 2019.

For more information on Kids Run for Kids, contact Bob Anderson at 515-233-1878.