Record Numbers at 10th Annual Fun Run
by Kelly Frederick
The recent heat wave didn’t deter the 600 people that registered to take part in Feeding Tomorrow’s 10th Annual Fun Run on Monday, July 19 at Grant Park in Chicago, Ill. That’s the highest number of registrants in the event’s history. In total, participants raised over $75,000, once again a record high, for Feeding Tomorrow scholarships. Among the runners, Cornell University had the largest team, and with the name Food Fighters they were a force to be reckoned with. The Food Fighters team included IFT President-Elect Bob Gravani. Also in attendance was Bruce Ferree, California Natural Products, who raised the most money for a single person—over $2,000. Just for participating, all runners received a t-shirt and goody bag that included over 25 products.
The race got off to a great start at 6:30 a.m. and at the end of the 3.1 miles it was clear that many were taking the “fun” run very seriously. The top three men and women runners were as follows:
The complete list of runners and their times can be found here.
The IFTSA and Feeding Tomorrow gratefully acknowledge the Fun Run event sponsors:
Platinum: Chicago Section IFT, Danisco, D.D. Williamson, General Mills, Michael Foods,
Southern California Section IFT
Gold: David Michael, Del Monte, GNT, Mars Botanical, National Starch Food Innovation, PepsiCo
Silver: Coca-Cola, Starbucks
Bronze: IFT Food Engineering Division, IFT Food Laws and Regulations Division, IFT Foodservice Division, Hershey, Kraft Foods, Oregon Section IFT, Maryland Section IFT, Richmond Baking, Western New York Section IFT
The Fun Run bags were generously donated by TIC Gums.