BETTENDORF, IA – After 20 years, Run with Carl organizers are lacing up their racing shoes one final time for the Labor Day Tradition.
“We’ve had a good run – no pun intended, and it’s simply time for the race to come to an end,” said Dick Schillig, race co-chair and father of Carl, who started the race to raise funds for a scholarship in his son’s name.
Race organizers and the Schillig family would like to reach a record number of racers this year with a goal of 1,500 runners.
“It would be nice to finish on a high note as a special tribute to Carl and all of the community organizations, volunteers, sponsors and participants who have made the scholarship fund possible,” said Juanita Schillig, race co-chair and mother of Carl.
The Carl D. Schillig Memorial Scholarship to assist Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley High School graduating seniors with college funding. The scholarship fund will continue thanks to many years of community support for the race. 2014 marks the 29th and 30th scholarships to be awarded.
The 2014 scholarship recipients are Kierstyn Feld, Pleasant Valley High School, and Tyler Henson, Bettendorf High School. Ms. Feld plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and Mr. Henson will attend Maryville University in St. Louis, MO.
Runners can participate in the 20th anniversary final Run with Carl on Labor Day in Bettendorf, IA.
About the 20th Anniversary Final Run with Carl
The Bettendorf Rotary’s Run with Carl will be held on Monday, September 1st. The 5 Mile Run and the 5K run/walk and 1/2 and 1-mile fun runs for children 12 and under start and finish at the Bettendorf Life Center (2222 Middle Rd., Bettendorf). Awards will immediately follow the races. The course remains the same as in previous years. Early bird entry fees are good through August 1st. Fees are $20 for the 5K Run/Walk or 5 Mile Run for no t-shirt and $25 for the 5K Run/Walk or 5 Mile Run with a t-shirt. The youth entry fee for the ½ and 1-mile fun run is $10.
If registered before August 1st, participants will be entered into a drawing for a free bike from Healthy Habits.
Race Day registrants are not eligible for awards so pre-registration is encouraged. Participants may register online only at runwithcarl.com.
About Carl D. Schillig
Carl Schillig was 15 years old when he was killed in a car-pedestrian accident in 1994. Carl was active in a variety of community, school and church activities. In commemoration of his life, the Run With Carl Walk/Run attracts participants to the challenging, but scenic course following city streets, neighborhoods and the Bettendorf Recreation Path.
For more information or to register, visit the website at runwithcarl.com or find them on Facebook by searching for “Run with Carl.”
About the Bettendorf Rotary: The Bettendorf Rotary Club was chartered in 1957. The group meets every Wednesday at noon at Fortune Garden Restaurant (2211 South Kimberly Road, Bettendorf). They are the Title Sponsor of Run with Carl.
About the Carl D. Schillig Memorial Fund, Inc.: The Carl D. Schillig Memorial Fund was established in 1995 in memory of Carl Schillig who was killed at the age of 15 in a car-pedestrian accident. The fund provides a $4000 college scholarship to graduates of Pleasant Valley High School – which Carl attended – and Bettendorf High School graduates. With Carl’s philanthropy as its inspiration, the nonprofit also distributes proceeds from the run to organizations in which Carl was active, including the Bettendorf Pleasant Valley Aquatics, the Cornbelt Running Club, and Our Lady of Lourdes Church.