MUSCATINE, Iowa–A lively toddler, Louden Lofgren liked running more than just about anything else. His aunt, Olivia Foglesong recalls: “Louden loved to run and go in the stroller on runs or walks with my dad.” In planning an event to both celebrate his life and support ImpactLife (previously the Mississippi Valley Regional Center) Foglesong found it fitting to plan a five kilometer run and kids fun run. “He was a very energetic kiddo, and he would have loved to participate in a race like this one,” she shared. “This was a fundraiser that we felt would help raise awareness, as well as funds, to benefit our community at ImpactLife.”
Sept. 18 at 8:30 a. m. The racing fun will begin with a 100 meter dash kids fun run. Divided by age, kids 10 and younger can enjoy some racing excitement of their own at a more appropriate length for them. At 9 a.m., the 5K race will kick off from the Red Brick Building (Pearl City Station) and travel down the riverfront to the Riverview Center before looping back down to Musser Park and then returning to the Red Brick Building. Along with the races, organizers will also share the final results of the Love Like Louden Memorial Blood Drive, which wraps up that day, and do a prize drawing for those who participated. ImpactLife will also have a booth along the riverfront where they can provide free blood typing as well as information about donating blood. Runners can also enjoy a snack and drink stand as well.
Registration for the race costs $15 for fun run participants and $30 for 5K runners or walkers. Anyone who would like to register to run may do so by filling out an online application at the Love Like Louden Blood Drive & Run/Walk Facebook Page or the Muscatine Running Club website, or by requesting a paper copy of the application from Foglesong either by emailing her or calling 563-571-1398. All proceeds from the race and any additional donations will go directly to ImpactLife to help them continue to provide blood products to UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine Hospital and other hospitals throughout Iowa and the Midwest.
With registration still open, Foglesong hopes you will consider joining in: “I want to encourage people to participate in the event because it is a wonderful cause. The purpose is to honor the memory of my nephew, Louden Lofgren, by raising community awareness and funds for our local blood donation center, ImpactLife.”