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Ferree Runs to Raise Funds for Scholarships

BY: Melanie Zanoza Bartelme
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While more than 450 runners will gather tomorrow for the 16th annual Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run, longtime Fun Run participant Bruce Ferree has been fundraising for IFT’s foundation another way—by committing to a seven-day, 250-kilometer race across the Chilean desert. Ferree’s goal is to raise $100,000 for food science scholarships by race time in October, and he will be spending today running on a treadmill outside the IFT Booth to raise awareness for his cause.

“This is a grassroots movement. This is everybody getting involved,” says Ferree. “It’s a chance for my target audience to participate. It’s not 10 people with $10,000, it’s 10,000 friends with $10 to spare.”

IFT16 attendees are invited to visit Ferree at the booth from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to cheer him on. There they will also be able to make donations to his cause via computers set up at the IFT Booth. They can also visit his GoFundMe page to make a donation at a later date.

Ferree expects to have run about 20 miles by the end of Sunday, and true to form, he will also complete the Fun Run tomorrow morning at Burnham Harbor. If you’d like to run with him, visit IFT16 registration to get a ticket for $35. Runners receive a tech T-shirt and all proceeds—rain or shine—go toward funding Feeding Tomorrow food science scholarships.

Be sure to follow IFT’s social media channels to keep up with Ferree’s journey.

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