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Fun Run Racers Hit Their Stride, Raise $100,000


By: Liska Radachi

Fun Run participantsMore than 600 runners converged in Grant Park this morning for the 13th Annual IFTSA and Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run and Walk to raise money to support Feeding Tomorrow’s scholarship fund. The morning began bright and early with a pre-race stretch led by a local fitness expert and remarks from the Fun Run co-chairs Karin Thorsen and Joey Donovan. With a quick blast of the air horn, the racers headed down Lake Shore Drive in their bright lime green Fun Run shirts.

Race day spectators cheered for the racers and waived celebratory pom poms in support of the racers as they crossed the finish line. The top female finisher was Julie Wankowski of Silliker with a time of 18:56, and the top male finisher was Kazuhiko Takeda, clocking in at 17:56. Racers enjoyed post-race refreshments provided by Dominick’s, Hain-Celestial, Hillshire Brands, and PepsiCo. They also received race-day goodie bags sponsored by Sun Orchard and filled with products provided by race sponsors.

Fun Run participants from IngredionThis year’s Fun Run raised over $100,000 in support of Feeding Tomorrow’s scholarship fund—a new record for this event. Bruce Ferree of California Natural products was the top individual fundraiser. Congratulations to race sponsor Ingredion, who had the largest team participation with nearly 50 racers.

Thank you to all who participated in this morning’s race in support of Feeding Tomorrow’s scholarship fund. If you missed the race this morning and would like to make a gift to Feeding Tomorrow, visit Feeding Tomorrow’s website or stop by the Connection Center or booth 2453 to make a contribution.

Fun Run participantsThe top three female racers were 1) Julie Wankowski (18:56); 2) Kim Ionta (19:28); and 3) Sara Spoede (19:55).

The top three male racers were 1) Kazuhiko Takeda (17:56); Matt Landry (18:40); and Steve Kollars (18:47).

Click here to view all the participants times.

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4 Responses to “Fun Run Racers Hit Their Stride, Raise $100,000”

  1. Deb says:

    Nice run and event. Will a link to the time website be posted for those of us not in the top three :)?
    Thank you

  2. Had a great time at the run! Can you send me a larger version of the Ingredion group photo.

  3. Kelly Hensel says:

    Hi Deb,
    I just added a link to all the racers’ times. Right above the video.

  4. Steve Owen says:

    Great event! Any chance that you could post all the photos that were taken during the day? I know we had asked the photographer to take a few shots of our group,

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