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Roosevelt Elementary students participate in read-run activities in May 2016 in Mason City.

MASON CITY — The 27th annual Stu Nevermann Memorial Run is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 27.

The chip-timed 4-mile run, which travels a portion of the Band Festival parade route, begins and ends at the Mason City Aquatic Center, 901 Birch Drive.

Registration, which is $20 for adults and $10 for students, can be completed at www.active.com

Registrations are also accepted through race morning. Packets can be picked up at the aquatic center 4 to 7 p.m. Friday or 7 to 7:45 a.m. Saturday.

Bike valet will be available from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Trophies will be given for overall male and female winners with medals for first, second and third place in each division.

All proceeds benefit Mason City and Newman cross country teams, as well as Roosevelt Elementary's reading and running program. Nearly $10,000 has been distributed the past seven years. 

Three or four runners from Roosevelt Elementary will participate this year, as well as student support advocate Mark Young and another staff member. 

Those part of Roosevelt's club follow a 5K training plan before spending a half-hour reading. About 41 are participating this year in the club, which is modeled after Lincoln Intermediate's Read and Run, where sixth-grade literacy instructor Kathleen Nutt developed after discovering kids typically perform better academically after exercising. 

Students are gearing up for next weekend, Young said, recently completing a 25-minute walk or run without stopping. 

The funds Roosevelt's club receives covers Stu Nevermann entry fees as well as T-shirts for the kids, Young said. 

Stu Nevermann, who ran North Iowa road races with his dad, Le, died at age 25 due to a heart ailment. He was a 1982 Mason City High School graduate who lettered in cross country and track.

The race is also part of the North Iowa Race Series, where participants can earn points with each race finish. Cash prizes will be given to the top series finishers. Visit www.northiowaraceseries.com for more information. 

Contact Carrie Berg at 641-210-7005 or thebergs1@juno.com with questions.

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