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Fun Run Participants Raise $120,000 for Feeding Tomorrow

BY: Melanie Zanoza Bartelme

Fun RunAbout 550 runners and walkers watched an incredible sunrise in Burnham Harbor this morning as they gathered for the 16th Annual IFTSA and Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run and Walk, which raises money to support Feeding Tomorrow’s scholarship fund. This year’s Fun Run raised more than $120,000 in support of Feeding Tomorrow’s scholarship fund.

The event kicked off from its new location at 6 a.m. with remarks from Feeding Tomorrow Chair Noel Anderson and a raffle for a four-night trip to Cancun. The starting line was filled with runners and walkers clad in the new Fun Run tech shirts, as well as a great showing of company team shirts and even some costumes; the Hormel team featured two runners dressed as SPAM cans.

Racers celebrated their athletic accomplishments with Gatorade and water provided by PepsiCo, and they enjoyed goodie bags that were filled with products provided by sponsors such as AAK, GEA Group, GNT, Kellogg, and PopChips.

The top three female racers were 1) Sarah Muhlbradt, 2) Molly Spencer, and 3) Krista Drechslar. The top three male racers were 1) Zach Bearson, 2) Andrew Rhodes, and 3) Martin Foerster. Click here to view all the participants’ times.

In addition, longtime Fun Run participant Bruce Ferree has been fundraising for Feeding Tomorrow another way—by training for a seven-day, 250-kilometer race across the Chilean desert. By race time in October, he hopes to raise $100,000 for food science scholarships, and you may have seen him running on a treadmill outside IFT’s booth yesterday, where he raised $3,700 while running nearly 25 miles. If you’d like to help, click here to visit his GoFundMe page.

Fun Run warm upThank you to everyone who participated in this morning’s race in support of Feeding Tomorrow’s scholarship fund. If you missed the race and would like to make a donation to Feeding Tomorrow, visit Feeding Tomorrow’s website to make a contribution.

A special thank you to the companies and organizations that supported this year’s Fun Run with their donations: sponsors: AAK, Campbell’s, Chicago Section, David Michael & Co., D.D. Williamson, GEA Group, GNT, Ingredion, Kellogg, Kraft Heinz, Michaels Foods, PepsiCo, PerkinElmer, The Coca-Cola Co.; supporters: Hormel, Horn, Mattson, Ohio Valley Section, and Washington, D.C. Section. Bush Brothers & Co. and the Iowa Section, Maryland, and Minnesota Sections also contributed.

5 Responses to “Fun Run Participants Raise $120,000 for Feeding Tomorrow”

  1. Kim says:

    The results show times and pace, but no names are listed.

  2. Kelly Hensel says:

    Hi Kim,
    You should be able to look up your time by your race number that you were given.

  3. Kim says:

    Hi Kelly,
    Thank you for the reply. I didn’t race. I just wanted to see the results.

  4. Dave says:

    I agree with Kim. I’d like to see the names. Would like to know who I beat and who beat me. A good way to stay competitive.

  5. Kelly Hensel says:

    Thanks for the feedback. I will pass along the suggestion to our staff internally and hopefully we can accomplish this next year!

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