Grow & Go Results Are In


IAAF5K_long (2)The IAA Foundation held its 4th annual 5K Grow & Go this past Saturday, May 10. This family-friendly event not only raises funds for Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAIC), but also raises awareness with consumers about the important role of agriculture and the family farms that put food on our table.  

Mother Nature cooperated and provided participants with a beautiful morning for exercise, fun and fellowship. More than 420 runners, walkers, kid dashers, families and volunteers gathered on the grounds of the Illinois Farm Bureau, COUNTRY Financial, and GROWMARK headquarters for the event.

After the kids Cock-a-Doodle Dash, the 5K-Run and 1-Mile Walk, everyone was invited to an open house that included a hot breakfast and learning activities for the kids. The morning culminated with presentations of the coveted tractor awards, given for 1st and 2nd place in 5 year age categories.  

  • Female Open Winner was Anne McGee
  • Female Masters Winner was Tammy Degroot 
  • Male Open winner was Colin McQueen
  • Male Masters Winner was Ted O’Neil

Because of our generous sponsors and event participants, the IAA Foundation is on track to raise more than $15,600 from this year’s event.

If you would like to learn more about other fundraising events put on by the IAA Foundation, or see how the dollars raised are used to help agriculture, go to


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