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Online Registration Now Open for IAAPA 5K Fun Run & 1K Walk to Benefit Give Kids The World

July 21, 2009

Online Registration Now Open for IAAPA 5K Fun Run & 1K Walk

Third Annual Event Takes Place for First Time in Las Vegas


Alexandria, Virginia (United States) – The third annual IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk to benefit Give Kids The World (GKTW) will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The run will take place at Pecos Legacy Park in Henderson, Nevada, a 20 minute-drive from the Las Vegas Strip and a relaxing departure from the trade floor excitement. Buses will depart from the Wynn Hotel and Casinoat 6:45 a.m.

The event, which attracted a record 150 participants in 2008, will generate proceeds for GKTW through participation or outside donations. Parties who wish to sleep in and support the event anyway can enter the Silent Runner program with a $25 minimum donation. New 2009 sponsorship opportunities are available and include on-site and pre-event recognition. In-kind donations for event participants, such as sun visors, water bottles, towels, and T-shirts, are also welcome. 

“The race is a great time to see industry peers in a more relaxed setting,” says Kristel Fillmore, events and entertainment manager at Morey’s Piers, who participated in the event with 26 other Morey’s employees in 2008. “I not only met a lot of people, but became better friends with my coworkers. Morey's Piers will be involved with this again and again in the following years.”

“Give Kids The World is a wonderful organization with a great purpose, great program, and incredible results,” says John Wood, chairman and CEO of Sally Corporation, which has built several items for the main hall of Give Kids The World Village. “Providing special memories and family times to those who are in such dire straits will always be worthwhile,” he adds. As well as participating in the golf tournament at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008, Wood was a silent runner in the 2008 Fun Run.

Registration is $25 for participants who register by Nov. 6. Anyone registering after Nov. 6 or on-site must pay $30. Interested parties can register online throughwww.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions/FunRun.asp. While participants are welcome to register for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009, attendance at the trade show isn’t required to participate in the run. For more information on running, walking, or sponsorships, visit the IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk web page or contact Angela Albertini at aalbertini@IAAPA.org.

About Give Kids The World
Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village is a 70-acre, international nonprofit resort based in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical Village, donated attractions tickets, meals, and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 97,000 families from all 50 states and more than 65 countries. To learn more about GKTW, visit www.gktw.org.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 is the largest conference and trade show for the amusement park and attractions industry in the world. With its theme “Bright Lights, Big Show: The Main Attraction,” the show will take place for the first time in Las Vegas, Nevada, and draw industry professionals from more than 85 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 20. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 offers a solid week of business and fun. The event also includes educational sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, marquee social events, and networking opportunities. This is the marketplace where amusement and attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries gather to network, view the latest innovations, and plan for the future. For more information visitwww.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions.

IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded 90 years ago, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry.


Downloadable images of the IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk logo and additional press information for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 can be found in the IAAPA Press Room,www.IAAPA.org/pressroom.

Contact information:
IAAPA Press Office: +1 703/299-5127
Marion Hixon: mhixon@IAAPA.org
David Mandt: dmandt@IAAPA.org
Colleen Mangone: cmangone@IAAPA.org
Nicholas Wolaver: nicholas.wolaver@edelman.com