From Laura Q. Merrick – A Fine Event on Saturday!

Abana Banji Run - A Fundraising Event for the Ames High School Uganda Project
9 AM, Saturday October 18th, 2008  - 5K route at Ada Hayden Park 
Entrance Fee: $20  Includes race t-shirt, time results, and prizes to age division winners for men and women (8th grade and under, high school, open).
Post race events will include food and drinks as well as Awards from the Ames High School Uganda Project

“Abana banji” is Lugandan for “Many Children”.  Each summer since 2004, Ames High students have traveled to Uganda to build schools for the Ugandan children.  Many of these children are orphans, whose parents have died from the HIV-AIDS epidemic in Africa.  All proceeds from the Abana Banji Run will go toward projects helping the children of Uganda. This event is sponsored by AHS Student Council and SHEPH.

So You Want Chicago Marathon Pics? Take A Look Here, Boys:

Attached is a picture taken Saturday of Brother Mike Mullins and Brother-In-Training Rich Bundy.  Next stop:  Boston.  (Note:  there were more pics sent to me, but MS Outlook wouldn’t let me send all of them. Sorry.)

Living History Farms Registration

Stacey Q. Roberts  speaketh:   “If fellow Vardos are signing up for Living History Farms (which they should, since the registration is FINALLY open), they can choose "Team Vardo" in the drop down menu.”

Team Vardo Brings Home The Gold and Silver and Bronze and Recycled Aluminum at the Run for the Roses

Too many Vardo’s wearing medals and eating omelets on Sunday. See
Run4Roses - 2008 for race results.  Scan for Vardos.  Repeat as necessary.

Saturday Group Run Information – From The One and Only Jeff Margrett

“Please note that I will be the RouteMaster on Saturday in place of Tim Gartin.  It was part of a weird three-way trade where Mary Schrunk will take my November 22nd gig and Tim will be dealt to the San Diego Padres.”  Jeff Margrett

6 mile:
Optional 3 mile for those running Des Moines on Sunday but wanting to run a few to loosen up:
Leaving at 7:45 for 6 milers  /   8:15 for 3 milers (or later if you want.)   Water will be at Moore Park for 6 milers and at the end for everyone.

Note:  Both options start and end at the Vardaman Center (City Hall)

Group Runs / Activities This Week

Tuesday:         5:30 PM: Group Run - Vardaman Center for the Performing Arts. 
Wednesday:    You really need to admit there are things of the world that want us for dinner.
Thursday:        5:30 PM Group Run.  Ada Vardaman Warren Q. Madden Heritage Memorial Katie Q. Bradshaw Birthday-In-Absentia Run Park
Saturday:        Group Run RouteMaster:   Jeff Q. Margrett