Cottontail Dash to raise funds for YMCA Test Kitchen

Event will feature 5K run/walk along new Marina recreation trail.


FORT MADISON – The YMCA Test Kitchen in thrilled to announce its upcoming event, the Cottontail Dash Fun Run/Walk, scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2024.  This exciting community event promises a morning of fun, fitness, and family-friendly activity along the scenic Fort Madison Riverview Park trail.
Participants are invited to sign in starting at 7:30 AM, with the run/walk officially commencing at 8:00 AM.  The first 100 participants will receive a long-sleeved event t-shirt to commemorate their participation in this memorable event.  The Cottontail Dash is a free will donation event, welcoming individuals of all ages and fitness levels to join in the fun.
The route for the 2-mile fun run/walk will follow the same scenic path as the Fort Madison YMCA’s 2023 Turkey Trot, showcasing the beauty of the riverfront, including the new marina and the jetty wall.
“We’re excited to offer a more laid-back approach to our community run events,’ said Karen Siefken, YTK Administrator.
"The Cottontail Dash is all about enjoying a leisurely stroll or jog along the beautiful Fort Madison Riverview Park trail while supporting the YMCA Test Kitchen’s vital food, music, and educational programs.”
In addition to the run/walk, participants can enjoy complimentary cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate, lemonade, and water.  Participants can register for a chance to win a gift basket featuring three Test Kitchen cookbooks, a commemorative Elliott Test Kitchen apron, and YMCA Test Kitchen t-shirt, and more.
This event is made possible through the generous support of the Fort Madison community, including the Fort Madison Rotary Clube, Fort Madison Kiwanis Club, and Fort Madison Lion’s Club, as well as our esteemed sponsors:  OCI, Two Rivers Bank, Dr. Mark Pothitakis DDS, Connection Bank, Great River Heath, Pen City Current, and Jim Baier.
“We are so appreciative of our sponsors and their unwavering support,” added Siefken. “Their contributions ensure the success of the Cottontail Dash and help further the YMCA Test Kitchen’s mission of serving the youth of our community.”
For more information and updates on the Cottontail Dash Fun Run/Walk, please visit the YMCA Test Kitchen or Fort Madison YMCA Facebook pages.

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