MILWAUKEE (10/5/2009) - Thousands of runners, wheelchair participants and walkers will hit the pavement Saturday, Oct. 10, for the 32nd Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital. Start line ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. at 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue on the Marquette University campus in downtown Milwaukee. The eight-kilometer wheelchair race begins at 10:15 a.m., followed by the 8-kilometer run at 10:30 a.m. Walkers will follow the runners on 3- and 5-mile routes.
Online registration is available through noon Friday, Oct. 9, at alsrun.com. Day-of registration opens at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, near the event start line. Advance registration is $25 for adult runners, $20 for adult walkers and $8 for children 12 and younger. Day-of registration fees are $30, $25 and $10. All participants receive a commemorative T-shirt.
All routes end at Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds), where participants are invited to attend the Finish Line Celebration at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage featuring entertainment and an awards ceremony at 12:15 p.m. A health and fitness fair and children's area will be located near the Briggs & Stratton stage. The children's area will feature a variety of games, attractions and entertainment throughout the day. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on the festival grounds.
"This event makes a world of difference for the children and their families who benefit from the top-quality, standard-setting pediatric health care Children's Hospital provides," said Stacy Bartsch, special event manager, Children's Hospital and Health System Foundation. "Corporate sponsors and pledgeraisers allow us to make a healthier future a reality for many children in Wisconsin and beyond through care, research, education and advocacy. I would especially like to thank Briggs & Stratton, the title sponsor, for 15 years of tireless commitment and generous support."
Throughout the past 31 years, Briggs & Al's Run & Walk has raised more than $10.3 million for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Funds raised this year will support the west tower expansion, which opened in March. The west tower increased the 236-bed hospital to 296 beds. The state-of-the-art facility also includes a larger Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and an expanded Herma Heart Center to provide better care to children with congenital and other cardiac issues.
Participants are encouraged to raise $100 or more. One hundred percent of the funds raised directly support Children's Hospital programs. Participants raising at least $100 earn pledge prizes ranging from long-sleeved T-shirts to Door County weekend getaways. The top three pledge-raisers will earn, respectively, two round-trip Midwest Airlines tickets, a Pfister Hotel romantic weekend for two including a $150 gift certificate to the Mason Street Grill, and a $350 Boston Store gift certificate.
Briggs & Stratton is the title sponsor for this annual event. Other major sponsors include Boston Store, Marquette University and Tricom Funding.
For more information about Briggs & Al's Run & Walk, call (414) 266-1520 or visit alsrun.com.