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15,000+ participants raise more than $1 million for Children's Hospital at Briggs & Al's Run & Walk 2016

September 17, 2016

MILWAUKEE – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin announced that more than 15,000 people participated in Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk the morning of Saturday, Sept. 17, raising more than $1 million for Children’s Hospital.

Since Marquette University men’s basketball coach Al McGuire began the event in 1978, Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk has brought thousands of people to downtown Milwaukee to run, walk and fundraise in support of the top-tier care for kids that Children’s Hospital provides locally, regionally and nationally.

“It’s long been our vision for the children of Wisconsin to be the healthiest in the nation, but we know we can’t achieve that alone. Community support is vital. To see more than 15,000 people running and walking down Wisconsin Avenue in support of that goal and of Children’s Hospital was awe-inspiring. I can think of no greater symbol of the community’s support for our kids,” said Peggy Troy, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. “Because of the incredible generosity of those participants, as well as our sponsors, especially Briggs & Stratton, our title sponsor, the real winners today are Wisconsin’s kids.”

In its 39-year history, Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk has raised more than $19 million through gifts and pledges. Money raised goes to support Children’s Hospital’s research, advocacy, care and education efforts throughout the state.

“Much like Children’s Hospital, Briggs & Stratton has a long history in Milwaukee and we’ve always been committed to supporting the health of our community,” said Todd Teske, chairman, president and CEO of Briggs & Stratton. “Everyone at Briggs & Stratton is immensely proud to be the title sponsor of Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for 21 years and we are continually overwhelmed by the incredible support of all our employees who run, walk and donate.”

Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk is a USA Track & Field-certified 8k course, attracting elite runners and wheelchair athletes from throughout the region. Participants can also choose to participate in a 3- and 5-mile walk route, instead of running.

Top finishers in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair divisions are:

1. Dominic Maio, West Allis, 26:17.5
2. Kyle Fraser, West Milwaukee, 26:29.8
3. Brice Cleland, Milwaukee, 26:44.3

1. Liz Berkholtz, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, 28:29.6
2. Amanda Cohen, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 30:13.9
3. Lucy Schmitz, Jefferson, Wisconsin, 30:56.1

Push Rim Wheelchair:
1. Steven Smith, Plover, Wisconsin, 20:39.0
2. Ethan Burkhart, Libertyville, Illinois, 27:19.4

Hand Cycle Wheelchair:
1. John Haupt, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 20:52.9

For more information about Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk, visit or

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. It is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine and ranked in all 10 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s 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 2013, Children’s 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 achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at

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