Third Annual IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk a Success

November 20, 2009

Third Annual IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk a Success
Event Benefits Give Kids The World at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009

Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) – Today, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) hosted its third annual 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk to benefit Give Kids The World, a resort which provides cost-free vacations in Central Florida for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Finishing in first place in the 5K race was Matt Sanders, from Premier Rides, based in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, with a time of 16 minutes and 34 seconds. The runner-up honor went to Martel Munguia, with American Wave Machines, based in Solana Beach, California, United States, with a time of 16 minutes and 54 seconds.

The event provided attendees at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 a departure from the busy trade show floor environment while they relaxed in the natural setting of Pecos Run Legacy ParkPecos Run Legacy Park.

“All of today’s participants were so generous to donate to Give Kids The World and spend their time supporting a cause which directly improves the lives of kids,” said Becky Bray, one of the event’s founders and organizers. “Our runners and walkers enjoyed a great Las Vegas morning and left energized for the last two days of the Expo.”

The funds raised in the tournament will continue to support expansion and construction at Give Kids The World Village. Next year’s 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk will take place during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010, Nov. 15 – 19 in Orlando, Florida. Participants or companies interested in participating or donating to the run can contact Angela Albertini at, or +1 703/836-4800 ext. 774.

About Give Kids The World
Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations in its whimsical, onsite villas, donated attraction tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. Since 1986, with the help of many generous individuals and corporations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 97,000 families from the all over the United States and 70 countries. To learn more about GKTW, visit

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 takes place for the first time in Las Vegas, and draws 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 is 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,

IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded more than 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. IAAPA represents more than 4,000 member facilities from 90 countries throughout the world.


Logos and images from IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 can be downloaded from the onlineIAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 press kit.

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