Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
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2019 Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk raises nearly $1 million for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

In its 42-year history, Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk has raised more than $22 million through gifts and pledges.

By - Sep 15th, 2019 09:03 am

MILWAUKEE – More than 11,000 people participated in the 42nd annual Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk the morning of Saturday, September 14, raising nearly $1 million for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

In its 42-year history, Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk has raised more than $22 million through gifts and pledges. One hundred percent of the event’s proceeds support Children’s Hospital’s research, advocacy, care and education efforts throughout the state.

“Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin was founded by the community 125 years ago and as the thousands of people who participated today showed, we still rely on the community to help us serve every child and family who needs us. We have been so fortunate for the many dedicated community partners, including our title sponsor for the last 25 years Briggs & Stratton, who have helped us raise more than $22 million for Wisconsin’s kids,” said Peggy Troy, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The image of thousands of people running and walking down Wisconsin Avenue in support of Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk will never cease to amaze me. There is no greater symbol of the community’s support for our kids.”

Since Marquette University men’s basketball coach Al McGuire began the event in 1978, Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk has brought thousands of people to downtown Milwaukee to run, walk and fundraise in support of the top-tier care for kids that Children’s Hospital provides locally, regionally and nationally.

“Briggs & Stratton is extremely proud to be the title sponsor of Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk and we want to congratulate everyone involved in these 42 amazing years,” said Todd Teske, chairman, president and CEO of Briggs & Stratton. “Briggs & Stratton has always had a strong commitment to the health of our community and our support of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is a key part of that. We are continually amazed by the incredible support of all our employees who run, walk and donate to help keep Wisconsin’s kids healthy.”

Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk is a USA Track & Field-certified 8k course, attracting elite runners and wheelchair athletes from throughout the region. Participants can also choose to participate in a 3- and 5-mile walk route, instead of running.

2019 Briggs & Al’s Run Results

1. Erik Duethman (#50) – 25 minutes, 33.8 seconds
2. Michael Quesnell (#24) – 25:33.9
3. Jered Sweeney-Demeza (#23) – 27:00.1

1. Shaelyn Sorenson (#5) – 26 minutes, 43.3 seconds
2. Andie Shine (#3) – 27:22.4
3. Mary Hanson (#1) – 28.44.5

Push Rim Wheelchair
1. Steven Smith (#2136) – 21 minutes, 37.4 seconds
2. Ethan Burkhart (#2039) – 23:50.1
3. Juan Rodarte (#2040) – 26:40.1

Hand Cycle Wheelchair
1. John Havpt (#1771) – 18 minutes, 11.1 seconds
2. Todd Siewart (#2042) – 18:11.9

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