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Fourth Graders Win The Mayor's Fun Run

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Thursday morning, in downtown Waterloo, it was all for fun, with a serious, lifelong, message for the more than 800 Waterloo fourth-graders running in Thursday's annual Mayor's Fun Run.

Fourth-graders from the Waterloo Community Schools, Cedar Valley Catholic Education and Immanuel Lutheran all took part in the 11th annual event at Lincoln Park. Everyone who beats Mayor Tim Hurley in the approximately one-mile fun run gets a T-shirt.

Former Waterloo Mayor, John Rooff, started Waterloo's version of the Mayor's Fun Run, after attending a Conference of Mayor's meeting in Salt Lake City. The program emphasizes the importance of daily exercise and living a healthy lifestyle by developing life-long good health and fitness habits and routines.

The pre-race ceremonies recognized several individuals, including Dr. Barry Norris, Waterloo Schools Superintendent, Lisa Kruze of Immanual Lutheran School and Russ Heiple of the Cedar Valley Catholic Schools.

East High graduate, Brea Hill, sang the National Anthem, and Columbus student, Tom Menning, played the Olympic March on trumpet.

Just before the fun run, the fourth-graders heard from former UNI women's basketball Coach, Tony DiCecco, who spoke of the critical importance of living a healthy lifestyle. He learned, firsthand, about that critical need. Tony ‘D', as he's best known, has recovered nicely from his open-heart surgery.

KWWL's Ron Steele served as the Master of Ceremonies and had the honor of recognizing the 2008 individual winners.  

Last year's winners were Hadley Feldkamp of Kingsley for the girls and Luke Pranger of St. Edward's for the boys. Both received an engraved plaque, dubbing them as the ‘Fastest Fourth Grader in Waterloo.'

The annual event is a joint effort of the City of Waterloo and the City's Leisure Services Department, Mayor Tim Hurley, Main Street Waterloo and the Waterloo Community Schools.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele

 

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