Kids II Strong Legs Run Returns to Downtown Atlanta Nov. 5, Benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Multi-run Atlanta Tradition Includes 2012 Peachtree Road Race 10K Qualifier


ATLANTA (August 30, 2011)—Join Kids II and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, for the 27th annual Kids II Strong Legs Run. As one of Atlanta’s largest and most popular road races, the event includes a 10K qualifier for the 2012 Peachtree Road Race. More than 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the multi-race event, which includes a 10K, 5K, 2K family fun run and mascot trot. The race begins at Turner Field and strollers are welcome. All proceeds benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

This is the first year Kids II is the title sponsor of the annual event, and Children’s is excited to partner with an organization that shares its mission of enhancing the lives of children. Headquartered in Atlanta, Kids II has been inventing and reinventing infant and toddler toys and gear for more than 40 years. Kids II designs, markets and distributes more than 100 products under its signature Bright Starts® brand and holds a license to design and manufacture products under the Disney Baby® and Baby Einstein® brands.

“As a global leader of infant and toddler products, Kids II strives to make a difference in the lives of children and their families every day,” said Ryan Gunnigle, president and CEO of Kids II. “We are headquartered in Atlanta and have seen first-hand the tremendous impact that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has on the community and every child that walks in the doors of each hospital. We share a common mission with Children’s and wanted the opportunity to give back to these children as well. In partnership with Children’s, we are able to help touch the lives of children in Atlanta and across the nation. We are looking forward to the outcome of the event and helping to continue the fight for children in need.”

Schedule of Events
8:00 a.m. 10K (timed and untimed runners)
9:15 a.m. 5K (timed and untimed runners)
10:00 a.m. Mascot Trot (for children 10 and under)
10:15 a.m. 2K Family Fun Run

All 5K and 10K participants receive a long-sleeved Kids II Strong Legs Run T-shirt. Awards will be presented to top finishers in the 5K and 10K races. For the mascot trot , participation ribbons and a special mascot trot T-shirt will be distributed to all participants.

As a not-for-profit organization, Children’s depends on the generous support of the community. For more information or to register, visit www.choa.org/stronglegs.





For more information:
Brant Rawls
Senior Public Relations Coordinator 
404-785-7577 

About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 20 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world.



About Kids II, Inc.

Kids II has been inventing and reinventing infant and toddler toys and gear for more than 40 years and has quickly become one of the world’s fastest growing infant and toddler product companies. Headquartered in Atlanta, Kids II spans the globe with operations in six continents serving customers in more than 70 countries. Driven by innovation, design and a comprehensive brand portfolio, Kids II is the next generation leader in infant and toddler products. Kids II designs, markets and distributes more than 100 products under its signature Bright Starts® brand and holds a license to design and manufacture products under the Disney Baby® and Baby Einstein® brands. Most recently, Kids II licensed the intellectual property rights to Rhino Toys and Taggies, further enhancing its brand collection and reinforcing its position as a global leader. Under its flagship brands, Kids II has produced more than 70 award-winning products. Kids II’s international affiliate operations are located in Australia, Canada, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Mexico. Visit www.kidsii.com


Tags: General News, Foundation, Annual giving
Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2011