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Event Features Guinness World Record Holder

Reported by on 10/3/14

Pasta Party & Pep Rally features marathon runner’s incredible story

Don Kern is a Guinness World Record holder, who ran seven marathons on seven continents in 25 days, 18 hours and 10 minutes. The community is invited to hear his compelling and inspirational story during a Pasta Party & Pep Rally from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at Waubonsie Valley High School, 2590 Ogden Ave., Aurora. Tickets are $22 and will help support the Team IPEF Naperville Marathon & Half Marathon runners who are raising money for the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation (IPEF). A pasta buffet, sign making station and donation are included in the ticket cost. Order tickets online at Pasta Party & Pep Rally.

Kern's running adventures have included completing 247 marathons or longer races with his best streak being 109 consecutive calendar months running at least one marathon from March 2003 to March 2012. His words will offer motivation for all, especially runners participating in the 2nd Annual Naperville Marathon & Half Marathon on Nov. 9. Kern didn't start running until he was 37. His total lifetime mileage through April 30, 2014, was 24,570 miles. His goal is to surpass 24,902 miles, the span around the earth. His amazing story is told in his book, "...And the Adventure Continues." Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Team IPEF has 31 charity runners participating in the Naperville Marathon. Each has selected a school and pledged to raise at least $250. Half goes to their designated school and half to the IPEF to support district-wide programs.

2014 Team IPEF Members
Brookdale: Mary Howicz and Roy Kozlowski
Builta: Jodi Wojcik
Clow: Janice Nolte
Cowlishaw: Jim Dickerson
Crone: Stacy Bella
Georgetown: Yoni Espinoza and Lily Mertes
Granger: Mary Kelly
Gregory: Vivian Makropoulos
Indian Plains: Tulin Akin
Longwood: Terry Sullivan
May Watts: Bryan Jaffe
McCarty: Kate Sidio
Metea Valley: Kristen Flanders
Neuqua Valley: Billy Ghighi and Mike Rossi
Prairie Children Preschool: Kristine Black
Springbrook: Jackie Kohorn
Steck: Nancy Fister and Randy Sidio
STEPS: Kate Bruno and Patty Smith
Still: Teresa Sullivan
Waubonsie Valley: Taylor Drefcinski and Jason Stipp
Welch: Terri Nauman and Joan Buerstetta
Young: Jon and Dawn Malartsik
IPEF: Kevin Owen

To order tickets to this event, visit Pasta Party & Pep Rally. For more information about the IPEF, visit

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