LEBANON, Missouri- Lebanon Rotary members are soliciting sponsorships from area businesses for the seventh annual Rotary Route 66 Run benefiting the club’s “Koats for Kids” project.

The 5K run and one-mile fun walk will be Oct. 20 in conjunction with the Guts-Glory RAM BBQ Throwdown presented that Friday and Saturday by Graven Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram at the Cowan Civic Center. Both events are in partnership with the City of Lebanon.

Runners will be back on Historic Route 66 this year, starting and ending at the Mills Center. The fun walk will be on the one-mile Cowan Civic Center track. Prizes will be awarded for 5K adult and youth age-group winners.

Money raised from Route 66 Run sponsorships and fees from runners enables Rotary to provide winter coats to Lebanon, Joel E. Barber, Conway and Stoutland school children who need them. Last year, Rotary spent about $10,500 on coats for the students.

“It’s humbling to know and see kids who literally do not have a coat for the winter,” John Gideon, chairman of the Rotary 5K Committee, said. “The Rotary Club 5K/1-Mile Fun Walk helps to ensure that kids will have a proper coat for the winter.”

The 5K is one of Rotary’s biggest fundraisers of the year, with $38,225 raised from the six previous runs. Platinum sponsorships are $500, gold sponsorships are $250, silver are $100, and bronze are $50.

“It’s an honor to be a small part of a group of people who help provide ‘Koats for Kids’ to area schools,” Gideon said.

Checks and pledges may be given to Rotary 5K committee members Gideon, Carrie Dahl Plassmeyer, Donti Hawkins, Brian Thompson, Dusty Childress, Jason Hannasch, Susan Mott, Lance Vestal, Beth Knight, Gary Sosniecki, Rachelle Jennings, Megan Prock, Jase Glendenning, Matthew Amsberg, Donna Watkins, Nicole McGinnis, Bob Hall, Kim Light, Mikel Flanders and Jason Waterman.

Meanwhile, runners may register online for the race at ozarkracingsystems.com. Registration also may be done until 8:30 a.m. the morning of the race. See event page here.