CLINTON — Weather was windy, but sunny Sunday as hundreds of people ran along the riverfront to raise money for children’s charities.
Race Director Jean Roeder was happy to see so many people turn out for the 33rd annual 4-mile Children’s Therapy Center and Make-A-Wish run/walk, formerly known as the Easter Seals run/walk, on Sunday. A total of 313 people ran or walked in the event, raising approximately $12,000.
“Everything went extremely well,” Roeder said. “I was thrilled.”
Before registration for the 9 a.m. race had finished, Roeder could tell they had beaten last year’s numbers of 233 participants. She attributed this in part to the weather last year, which was snowy and cold.
Both new and old faces graced the race this year. Sara Nitz traveled from Muscatine after learning about the race through the Cornbelt Running Club.
Previous winner Chad Leitzen, of Dubuque, took part in the race once again, despite suffering from a mild case of the flu. He finished first again.
Long-time participant Cheryl Detoye returned to help her 1-year-old granddaughter Reese Detoye, of Davenport, complete the children’s fun run before the main race. Cheryl has participated in the event since Reese’s father was a child.
Not only runners returned to the event. A large amount of volunteers, like Kathy Hand, helped put the race on.
“I just think it’s a worthy cause,” Hand said. “And I like being involved with the race without actually having to do the race.”