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Sept. 26: Glow Fun Run

Event to benefit the Eliminate Project, a partnership of UNICEF and Kiwanis to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-24-2014

Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota State University, Mankato Circle K club will host a 5k glow fun run on Friday, Sept. 26 to raise money for the Eliminate Project, a partnership of UNICEF and Kiwanis to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

The 5k run is open to the public and will be held on the Minnesota State Mankato’s fitness trail behind the location of the former Gage Towers. The pre-registration fee is $25, or participants may register the day of the event for $30. The first 50 runners will receive a t-shirt and glow sticks. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m., and the race will begin at 7:08 p.m.

To pre-register, please visit

Maternal and neonatal tetanus, or MNT, is a painful disease that kills one baby every 9 minutes, or 160 newborns each day.

As the collegiate level of Kiwanis, Circle K International is partnering with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. As the world’s largest single donor, Kiwanis International plans to raise $110 million by 2015 for the project. By meeting that goal, at least 61 million women at risk for this deadly disease would ultimately be protected, along with their future babies.

To learn more about the Eliminate Project, please visit

For more information, contact the Minnesota State Mankato Circle K club at, or contact event organizer Emily Schaffer by phone at 952-221-0099 or by email at Faculty advisor Daardi Sizemore may be reached by phone at 507-389-5949 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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