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For Immediate Release:

July 10, 2006
WTTW11 Hosts 3rd Annual WTTWKids Fun And Run
A 3K family walk and 5K fun run to support quality children's programming

Sunday, August 27, 2006 in Lincoln Park

Chicago - June 15, 2006 - WTTW11 is pleased to announce the third annual WTTWKids Fun and Run.  This special event for adults and children supports WTTW's award-winning and educational children's programming, and will take place in Chicago's Lincoln Park off Cannon Drive, just south of Fullerton, on Sunday, August 27 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Walk-around characters including Sesame Street's Grover, Elmo and Cookie Monster, Arthur, D.W. and Buster from Arthur, Noddy and Wiggley Pinks from Jakers, Caillou and Bob the Builder will be on hand for hugs and photographs. Live music will play all morning long with Chicago's own Ralph's World, performing their critically acclaimed music for children and adults, along with strolling musicians from the Old Town School of Folk Music's Wiggleworms program. Complimentary food and beverage, giant inflatables for climbing and sliding, games and crafts will be available to all participants along with a host of other performers and WTTW11's own on-air personalities.

Advance registration is required and early registration is strongly recommended for this event.  Participants may choose to stroll through the 3K Family Walk Course, hit the ground running along the scenic 5K Fun Run Course, or both.  The 5K Fun Run steps off at 9:00 a.m., followed directly by the start of the 3K walk.

The 5K Certified Fun Run Course Route takes runners along the Lincoln Park Lagoon, through the parkland north of Fullerton to Diversey, and then back along Stockton and Cannon Drives to the finish line.  Runners can clock their time at miles 1 and 2 and at the finish.  Water will be provided along the course.

The 3K Family Walk Course Route follows a scenic course heading south from the walk's starting point through Lincoln Park.  Along the way, you can meet your favorite walk-around characters at three special activity stations. The entire path will be on paved surfaces, crossing no major streets. Strollers are welcome.  Restroom facilities, handwash stations and water will be available along the course.

Registration is open now. The general entry fee is $30 per person for adults and $15 for children age 13 and under; for WTTW11 members, the entry fee is $20 per person for adults and $10 for children age 13 and under. All registered participants will receive an official WTTWKids Fun and Run T-shirt, runner/walker number and goodie bag.  Children under the age of two are free, but will not receive a T-shirt, runner/walker number or goodie bag unless registered as paid participants. 

Registration is available online at www.wttw.com/funandrun or by calling WTTW11 customer service at 773.509.5333. Early registration is strongly encouraged to secure a place at the event. More information and complete event details are available by visiting the WTTWKids Fun and Run web site at www.wttw.com/funandrun

Now its fifth decade, WTTW11 reaches 4,000,000 viewers a month over four states and enjoys the largest public television audience in the nation.  It is the most-watched station in Chicago by children aged 2-11.  WTTWKids is committed, 365 days a year, to giving children a place to laugh and learn through award-winning programs such as Sesame Street, Caillou, Arthur, Dragon Tales and many others.

The WTTWKids Fun and Run is made possible, in part, through the generous support of sponsors East Bank Club, Lawson Products, Inc., Dominick's, Fleet Feet Sports, AAA, Children's Memorial Hospital, Shedd Aquarium, Double Tree Hotel and the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Walk or Run, but come…to the 3rd Annual WTTWKids Fun and Run.

WTTW11 Contact
Holly H. Gilson
Director, Corporate Communication
(773) 509-5424

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