Fun Run Raises Critical Funds for the NATSO Foundation


The NATSO Foundation hosted a fun run during NATSO Connect 2019, and raised more than $40,000 in net profits for the foundation, which is the research, education and public outreach subsidiary of NATSO Inc.

The event was a fun, community-building 5K run or walk that celebrated physical and mental well-being through exercise. The fun run provided a great opportunity for operators and vendors to meet up with friends and supporters while also supporting the important work of the NATSO Foundation.

Above: Broadyway Truck Stops' Dan Alsaker and Britt Alsaker-Smith embrace the fun in the NATSO Foundation Fun Run.

Funds will support the NATSO Foundation’s work. The foundation is responsible for providing education and research for the truckstop and travel plaza industry. The NATSO Foundation provides programs and products aimed at strengthening travel plazas’ ability to meet the needs of the traveling public through improved operational performance and business planning. Available resources include the Truckstop and Travel Plaza New Hire Orientation and Training Guidebook, the Truckstop and Travel Plaza Training Manual, Stop Watch Magazine, the How Truckstops Help People Training Tool and Biz Brief. The foundation also supports speakers at NATSO Connect.

In addition, industry scholarships are awarded every year under the Bill and Carolyn Moon Scholarship to deserving travel plaza employees and their dependents. The NATSO Foundation has also tackled ambitious research, including fueling, economic and industry studies.

Above: The team from CAT Scale supported the NATSO Foundation with a large group of participants.

The event took place on the boardwalk outside the Disney Yacht & Beach Club in Orlando, Florida, and included a one-mile and 5K course that participants could either run or walk.

The first place winner in the male category was David Strukus. Second place went to Brayton Heinz and third place was presented to Chris Heinz. In the female category, Hannah Jones took first place. Mackenzie Hayes came in second and Amy Toner was third.

Above: Chris Heinz, Brayton Heinz and David Strukus won the Fun Run for the men.

NATSO.Day1-57.jpgAbove: NATSO Foundation participants Muhammad Sarfaraz, Sharron Lippmann, Norman Lippmann and Shahida Sarfaraz of Kingstown Diesel, Inc. in Boontown, New Jersey, strike a pose after completing the 5k. 

Fun Run sponsors include: Davy Crockett Travel Plaza, Federated Insurance, Love’s Travel Stops, McLane, Pilot Flying J, Raffa Marcum Enterprises, TravelCenters of America/Petro and White’s Travel Plaza.

Amy Toner's photo

Amy Toner

Toner markets NATSO products, services and meetings. She is the content editor of NATSO's core websites, Stop Watch magazine and Highway Business Matters biweekly articles. In addition, she provides creative services across all departments. Toner joined NATSO in 2006. Prior to joining the association, she served as director of membership services at an association for ambulatory surgery centers. Toner lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son. More
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