Annual Kiwanis Kids Fun Run:

The Annual Kiwanis Kids Fun Run is our primary project. It is the only community-wide noncompetitive family-focused sporting event in Wilsonville that is designed to make every kid who participates a winner. It is a direct reflection of our philosophy that “every kid matters.” Every child who participates in the run is awarded a medal for his or her efforts. And every child who wants to participate is welcomed.

The Fun Run has grown steadily since its 1st year, when 50 youngsters ran. The number of runners has doubled each year since. In 2009, the 6th annual Fun Run attracted more than 530 runners from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.

Our Fun Run is a grass roots effort. In addition to the club members, many parents of participants serve as volunteers to help promote the Run and work on the event. People from the community help pitch the tents, run with the young kids, paint faces, serve refreshments, hand out medals to the runners and cheer the kids during their running heats.

Albertsons provides the morning snacks and picnic lunch. Fun in the Park lends us their tents. Rotary members volunteer to hand out water to the runners. Local churches lend us tables and chairs. Coffee Creek Correctional Facility provides a truck and driver so we can pick up and return tents, tables and chairs. A building materials company provides a truck bed for the stage. Volunteer chiropractors and local teachers help the kids “warm up” before their heats. Wilsonville Police officers come in uniform to cheer the runners. Firemen and their trucks from Tualatin Valley Fire District help cheer the runners, and the Wilsonville Trolley ferries runners and their families from a distant parking lot to the running field. 

It takes a community of business owners and local citizens to put on an event like the Fun Run. It’s truly grass roots – with financial support from the businesses and the city of Wilsonville, donated food and equipment, and a huge amount of time and energy contributed by the many volunteers – parents, students, Kiwanis members, business owners and other folks who simply care about kids and feel it’s important to bring families together to share some healthy happy fun.


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