MILWAUKEE (9/12/2011) - Thousands of runners and walkers will hit the pavement Saturday, Sept.17, for the 34th annual Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Start line ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. at 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue on the Marquette University campus in downtown Milwaukee. The 8-kilometer run begins at 10:30 a.m. Walkers will follow the runners on 3- and 5-mile routes.
Online registration is available through noon Friday, Sept. 16, at alsrun.com. Day-of registration opens at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, near the event start line. Advance registration is $30 for adult runners, $15 for child runners, $25 for adult and $10 for children walkers 12 and younger. Day-of registration fees are $35, $17, $30 and $12, respectively. 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 southgate featuring entertainment and an awards ceremony at 12:15 p.m. A health and fitness fair, children's play area and entertainment will be available near the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage. Food and beverages also 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 Jim Miller, president and CEO, Children's Hospital and Health System Foundation.
"Corporate sponsors and pledgeraisers help us provide a healthier future for many children in Wisconsin and beyond through care, research, education and advocacy."
Throughout the past 33 years, Briggs & Al's Run & Walk has raised more than $12 million for Children's Hospital. Participants are encouraged to raise $100 or more. Registration fees cover the cost of participation in the event. Gifts through pledgeraising help fund the care for kids.
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.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, founded in 1894, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It has been named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. The hospital has been redesignated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a national honor that recognizes nursing excellence. Private, independent and not-for-profit, the hospital serves children and families from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Illinois and beyond. Children's Hospital is the flagship member of Children's Hospital and Health System. In 2010, the health system invested more than $105 million into the community to improve the health status of children. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.