Briggs & Al's Run Makes Difference for 29th Year

Sept. 18, 2006

MILWAUKEE - The 29th annual Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital celebrated another successful campaign with the 8K run, wheelchair race, and three and five mile walks through downtown Milwaukee Saturday morning. Marquette University men's basketball coach Tom Crean and wife Joani returned as grand marshals for the event for the fourth-straight year, and members of both the men's and women's basketball teams greeted the children's champions and their families prior to the race before cheering on the runners and walkers at the starting line.

Former Marquette men's basketball head coach Al McGuire founded the event in 1978 with proceeds going toward the prosthetic limb bank. Now, after 29 years of the run, more than $7 million has been raised for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, recognized as the only hospital in the state dedicated specifically to the care of kids. The hospital's mission is to provide medical care, conduct research to advance pediatric medicine, advocate on behalf of children, and educate medial and professionals and the community about issues related to children's health.

Henry Dennis of Fond Du Lac, Wis., covered the 8K terrain in 24:31 to lead all men's runners, while Jenny Crain of Milwaukee, Wis., won the women's event in 27:25. Gary Debuhr of Waukesha, Wis., finished the wheelchair event with a top time of 23:58. Complete results are available by visiting

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