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Hot weather fails to dampen the spirit of KB Tough Run

Steamy weather failed to dampen the third annual KB Tough Run, held June 28 at White Pines Ranch.

The event started with a new Kid Sprint followed by the Tough Run and Leisure Hike. 

Kids racing in their own age groups, ran up and down a hill and could jump two straw bales en route to the finish line.

Close to 3 p.m., participants in the three-mile tough run, raced over pastures and valleys with optional obstacles along the way.

Andrew Larson was the first competitor to cross the finish line in 19 minutes, 59 seconds.

Other activities included a bags tournament, fundraising games, and a beer garden. Ogle County’s Pork Producers were be on site grilling pork chop sandwiches and hot dogs.

The KB Tough Run Event is the major fundraiser for the KB Fund. The fund has been established to reach out and help those in the community that are burdened by a medical crisis.

Donations can be sent directly to KB Fund, P.O. Box 374, Oregon, IL 61061.

The KB Fund was started my members of the April Roos family. In February 2012, Roos was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma.

"I was 30 years old, a mom to an eight week old baby boy and I was hoping this cancer diagnosis was a bad dream. Well, unfortunately it wasn't. My husband Josh and I put our faith in God for my healing and it was time for me to step up and KB," Roos wrote at

KB was chosen thanks to Roos dad, Gary French also an Oregon resident who coined the phrase when he was coaching April's softball team years before.

"With our faith as an anchor, wrapped in our family's unconditional love and the lifting support of our community I underwent an intense treatment plan at the UW Madison Hospital & Clinics," Roos wrote on the website.

After nearly a year of being cancer free Roos' cancer returned in October of 2013. Treatment started shortly after finding the recurrence and includes 48 weeks of chemotherapy and a 28 days of radiation.

Visit  for additional information.

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