Run, Run as Fast as You Can

by gktwadmin on October 3, 2012

in The Donor Experience

What do you think of when you hear “gingerbread?” Building houses out of candy, decorating cookies or good old fashioned holiday spirit?

Well, here at Give Kids The World the meaning of gingerbread just got a whole lot bigger – 5 kilometers to be exact!

On your mark!”   

On November 3, Give Kids The World will host its 4th annual Gingerbread Run 5K presented by Aaron’s!

This is the first time that the Gingerbread Run has had a corporate presenter, so we are extremely thankful for Aaron’s generous donation of $10,000 to make magic in the lives of children battling life-threatening illnesses.

With last year’s event seeing more than 600 participants and raising $50,000 for the Village, the expectations have been increased this time around.

Get set!” 

Give Kids The World has set high goals for this year’s race and aims to register 1,000 participants and raise $75,000 for the Village through this year’s run!

Novice and Gingerbread Run veterans will have the time of their lives with the new additions to the race such as a Zumba warm-up prior to the start time, upbeat musical entertainment all along the route and new celebration zones, like the confetti zone or the high five zone to keep you pumped up and motivated along the course!

Of course, the popular candy zone, where participants are given candy to put that extra pep in their step, will make its return this year. The familiar bubble zone will have a new twist as SpongeBob Squarepants will cheer on this year’s participants.                            

What’s amazing about the Gingerbread Run is that it’s a family event that can be run, walked, strolled or even rolled where people of all ages and abilities can have a fantastic time. Kids will be entertained by stilt walkers, transformed into fierce animals by face painters and even have a balloon animal made just for them!

Children of all ages will meet characters travelling from near and far. While a few of the Village regulars will be in attendance, such as Mayor Clayton, Ms. Merry and Murphy the Gingerbread Man, there will also be special guest appearances from SpongeBob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer as well as Lucky the Dog who will be joining us from Aaron’s.

The fun doesn’t end at the finish line though. Following the conclusion of the race there will be a Slime Show before the closing ceremony. Kids can volunteer to have their time to shine. Or is it better said as their “time to slime” with Nickelodeon?


When questioned why people should participate in this race, and what’s different about this 5K as opposed to other runs, Lisa Bertin-Queena the Director of Special Events at Give Kids The World said, “The best part is that you get to meet the people you’re benefitting.”

The Gingerbread Run is definitely one to remember. From its exciting race course and lively atmosphere to being cheered on by the wish families whom you support with your fundraising efforts, this run will definitely make you want to run, run as fast as you can.

Join us on November 3 by registering here.

Additional contribution from Jenny Wells


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