MILWAUKEE (9/10/2012) - Thousands of runners and walkers will hit the pavement Saturday, Sept.15, for the 35th annual 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 wheelchair race begins at 10:15 a.m. The runner mass start is at 10:30 a.m. Walkers will follow the runners on 3- and 5-mile routes.
Online registration is available through noon Friday, Sept. 14, at alsrun.com. Day-of registration opens at 8 a.m., near the event start line. Advance registration is $30 for adult runners, $15 for runners 12 and younger, $25 for adult and $10 for 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 south gate 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 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 34 years, Briggs & Al's Run & Walk has raised more than $13 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.
About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. Children's Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2010, Children's Hospital invested more than $105 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children's Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.