by Kelly Hensel
I know what you are thinking … waking up super early to go for a run in New Orleans’ heat and humidity sounds like the last thing you want to do, right? Well, believe it or not, the Fun Run, sponsored by the IFT Student Association and Feed Tomorrow foundation, is actually really fun. The 11th Annual Fun Run will take place at Audobon Park and kicks off at 6:15 a.m. on Monday, June 13. Not only do the proceeds from this 5K/3.1 mile run/walk go to undergraduate and graduate scholarships, but it offers a chance to get together with students, new professionals, exhibitors and food industry experts of all ages. And if you can’t bond through a friendly competition and desire for water and air conditioning, when can you bond?
If you have pre-registered for the Fun Run, be sure to pick up your race bib and t-shirt at the Fun Run Booth at the Fun Run booth in Hall D of Morial Convention Center on Sunday, June 12, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Custom plaques will be awarded to the first, second, and third place men’s and women’s 5K winners. Collect Fun Run pledges from your peers, and you could qualify as the “Top Fundraiser” and win a Canon PowerShot digital camera, perfect for snapping pics of everyone you meet at this year’s meeting.
On Monday, registration will begin at 5:45 a.m., and the race will start at 6:15 a.m. Buses to take participants to the Fun Run will depart at 5:30 a.m. from the following hotels:
• Hilton Riverside at 2 Poydras Street from the side breezeway entrance
• New Orleans Marriott at 555 Canal Street
The IFTSA and Feeding Tomorrow gratefully acknowledge the Fun Run event sponsors:
Platinum: Michael Foods Inc., Roquette America Inc., Chicago Section IFT, D.D. Williamson, Glanbia Nutritionals, Southern California Section IFT, McCormick & Co., PepsiCo
Gold: David Michael & Co., Richmond Baking, GNT, Del Monte Foods, Symrise, Eurofins
Bronze: Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, Maryland Section IFT, E.T. Horn Co., IFT Foodservice Division, Oregon Section IFT, Mars Chocolate North America, Western New York Section IFT, Wisconsin Section IFT