Although the morning weather on Saturday, June 29, 2013 threatened to hinder the 2nd Annual KB Tough Run its organizers are pleased it was a success. The early rains added to the difficult terrain of the Tough Run but the sun came through just in time for the 3pm start. Registrations reached past 2012 totals and included 48 walk in participants. Awards were given for first place finish in each of 3 divisions. Stephanie Reed of Oregon was the first to finish in the women’s division for the second year. Adam Weller of Mt. Morris finished first in the men’s division and Hunter Ford, age 7, was first in the Youth 13 and under division. Final finishing times and places for run participants are posted at www.KBToughRun.com.
In addition to the Tough Run the event included a leisure hike as well as ice cream treats by volunteers from Freedom Lutheran Church, pork chop sandwiches by the Ogle County Pork Producers, a kids’ zone, fundraising games and raffles and a beer garden. Massage therapist, Rebecca Lawson, was on site to provide chair massages and Jamie ReVelle provided post-race Mary Kay facials. The afternoon came to a close with a KB sign burning to help April Roos say a final good bye to cancer.
KB Tough Runs are the major fundraising effort to support the KB Fund. The fund has been established to help those in our community who are burdened by the expenses associated with a medical crisis. Cathryn Burger and Angie Daub are two of the individuals that will be helped through this year’s fundraising, both are fighting cancer. In 2012 the first KB Tough Run was organized to support April and Josh Roos’ family after her cancer diagnosis. She comments, “We are blessed to be a part of such an amazing community that came forward to support us as we faced my cancer diagnosis and the treatment that followed in 2012. Now, as we work to pay forward that generosity our community steps up again! It is all part of why we love small town America. We hope to have continued support to grow the fund so that it can help many more people and bring our community together.”
Special recognition and thanks to the businesses and organizations that sponsored this year’s event: White Pines Ranch, Oregon Auto Body, Cortland Animal Hospital, Anderson Feed Company, Team Christa, Team Christy, Circle G Farm & Feedlots, Freedom Lutheran Church, Midwest Groundcovers, Midwest Trading, Country Financial Dick Montavon, Country Financial Hasen Lott, FN Smith Corporation, Stan’s Performance Shop, Fearer, Nye & Chadwick Law, Pines Meadow Vet Clinic, Ralphie & Lulu’s and Smith & Morrow Law Offices.
If you wish to support the KB Fund but were unable to attend the event donation are accepted by mail at KB Fund, PO Box 374, Oregon, IL 61061. For additional details visit the homepage at www.KBToughRun.com or by email to Info@KBToughRun.com .