Great fun was had by all at the 17th Annual Ronald McDonald House 5K Run!

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What a day! Over 200 volunteers started the day early in the morning, setting up and making sure everything was ready to go.

img_0770Fisher-Price transformed Tripi Field into an interactive play space with a Power Wheels track, ride-ons, basketball, soccer, football toss, bean bag toss, a toddler play area, a photo station and a Dino VR Experience! Over 100 young children were in playground bliss as their runner family members prepared for the race.

At 6:30PM, 900 runners were called to the starting line and anticipation filled the air. The Canadian and U.S. National Anthems were sung beautifully by 18-year old Anna Heerdt. The starting gun was fired, and the runners were off! Family and friends filled sidewalks, cheering on their runners.

Volunteers handed out bottled water, donated by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo. Help from the Buffalo Police kept the traffic at bay.

img_0823On the back lawn, the owners and operators of McDonald Restaurants of WNY generously supplied the Quarter Pounder burgers and apple slices and manned the food service tables and grills, making sure everyone had their fill. Chips (donated by JetBlue), yogurt (courtesy of Upstate Farms) and granola bars (donated by Little Debbie) were in abundance.

For dessert, Sam’s Club donated their famous home-made chocolate chip cookies, and James Desiderio & Sons topped off the menu with cases of bananas, power food for our runners and non-runners. All in all, it was a delicious picnic with something for everyone.

img_0788In the lot behind the House, the post party started hopping with music donated by the Scott Celani Band and ice-cold beer donated by Try-It Distributing, Labatt’s and Flying Bison Brewing Company. Children danced, and adults enjoyed a cold one, as runners anxiously awaited the official results and awards. The raffle was held. Wonderful prizes donated by Orville’s Home Appliances (a Maytag Washer & Dryer), Dick’s Sporting Goods ($300 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card), JetBlue Airlines (2 round trip tickets on JetBlue Airlines), and Dunn Tire ($400 Dunn Tire gift certificate), were won by 4 lucky individuals.

Be part of the excitement next year: July 31, 2019!