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Jan. 12, 2007

ISU Dance Marathon To Kick Off With Annual Torch Run

As a prelude to their annual Dance Marathon event, 15 executive members from the Iowa State University Dance Marathon will begin their annual football relay run following a special kick-off ceremony at Children's Hospital of Iowa at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15.

The ISU students are part taking part in a five-day, 120-mile torch run from Children's Hospital of Iowa located at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City to Iowa State University in Ames.

The students will leave from the hospital at 11 a.m. to run the first 18-mile stretch on the way to Ames. The following four days will consist of at least two executive members and up to six ISU Dance Marathon committee members or dancers running 26 miles from where the students left off the previous day.

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, the torch will travel from 12 to 4 p.m. and pass through the town of Marengo. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, runners will resume the relay at 11:15 a.m. by passing through the town of Belle Plaine. On Thursday, Jan. 18, ISU dancers will run from 10:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., passing through Toledo, Tama and Marshalltown. On Friday, Jan. 19, ISU dancers will run from 10:25 a.m. until 2:25 p.m. and go through Melborne and Nevada. That day will end in Ames via the Elwood Dr. Exit at CY Stephens Auditorium. The torch run will finish on Jan. 20 shortly before 9 a.m. when the torch will travel its final mile from CY Stephens to the ISU Memorial Union to kick off the opening ceremony for ISU Dance Marathon's 10th annual "Kickin' It for the Kids" event.

ISU Dance Marathon's "Kickin' It for the Kids" event is held each January in ISU's Memorial Union. The event is a 15-hour celebration involving approximately 800 students who each raised over $175 and who will stay on their feet for 15 solid hours listening to music, playing games and being inspired by families who have been treated at Children's Hospital of Iowa. The impact these children and families have on dancers keeps these remarkable college students coming back year after year.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide, student-run philanthropy that raises money for Children's Miracle Network. Children's Miracle Network helps children and their families treated at Children's Hospital of Iowa cope with everything from cancer to heart transplants, accidents to cystic fibrosis and other life threatening illnesses. Dance Marathon made its debut at Iowa State University 10 years ago. It is now the largest philanthropic event on the ISU campus. Last year, ISU Dance Marathon raised more than $100,000 for Children's Miracle Network at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

ISU Dance Marathon has made a huge impact within Children's Hospital of Iowa by providing programs such as massage therapy and neonatal and pediatric intensive care bereavement as well as a infant simulator for pediatric emergency medical training, an ISU playroom and a gait lab, just to name a few. Individuals interested in donating to ISU Dance Marathon can do so at Click on "Donate Now" and select ISU Dance Marathon, or mail checks to: ISU Dance Marathon, G43 East Student Office Space, Memorial Union, Ames, IA 50011

If you have any additional questions please call the ISU Dance Marathon office at 515-294-2305 or e-mail for more information.

If you have questions about Children's Miracle Network at Children's Hospital of Iowa please contact Lisa Baum, Michelle Altmaier or Morgan Rohrbach at 319-335-8484.

Each year, Children's Hospital of Iowa records more than 100,000 clinic visits and some 7,000 inpatient admissions. In addition, numerous pediatric outreach and satellite clinics provide primary and specialty care for children in communities throughout Iowa. A 175-bed "hospital within a hospital," Children's Hospital of Iowa benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore 319-356-3945, Program: Michelle Altmaier, 319-335-9003, or Morgan Rohrbach, 319-384-4135,