Running and Walking for the Cause—and Pie

First the obvious: You could do worse for a Saturday morning than a scenic run or walk through Kimmswick, Missouri. But that’s not the only reason the quaint, tree-lined streets along the Mississippi River will be busy this Saturday morning. As it has since 2011, a community will gather together in support of and in memory of one of their own. And as in 2011 and every year since, it has continued to help support those with ALS and in the search for new treatments, and a cure.

The event they’ll gather for is the 9th Annual “Keep Your Eyes on the Pies” Kimmswick 5K (5K run and 1-mile walk and fun run), held in memory of Nancy Ratliff. A dedicated daycare teacher and director, Montessori school teacher, as well as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Nancy battled ALS for nearly seven years before passing away in May 2016. Compelled by the devastation of the disease and moved by the desire to raise awareness about it and raise money to help put an end to it, her family joined together with the local community and started the Kimmswick 5K in 2011 not knowing exactly what to expect. Nine years later with more than $250,000 raised, the Ratliff family and everyone involved have indeed made a difference in the lives of people with ALS and those searching for a cure.

And They’re Off! The Start of the 2018 Kimmswick 5K

As we prepare to once again gather in support of the cause this Saturday for the 2019 Kimmswick 5k, we asked members of the Kimmswick 5K event committee why and how they became involved with the event. Some like Kim Hostetter from the Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery—the “Pies” part of “Keep Your Eyes on the Pies”—have been there from the beginning. Others have joined more recently. But they all have a part in making this community event what it is today.

  • Kim Hostetter—The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery

How long have you been on the Kimmswick committee?

I have been on the Kimmswick committee since its inception.

Why did you join?

We started the race to raise money for Nancy Ratliff who had been diagnosed with ALS. She was a customer and friend of the Blue Owl for 20 years so we wanted to reach out and help her with medical bills.

What does it mean to you to be part of the event?

I am honored to sponsor the race for the ALS Association to give back to our community and help create awareness for the ALS Association. I love to see families come out to enjoy the morning and support ALS and the Ratliff Family.

  • Timmy Treon—Head of Jefferson County Running Club

How long have you been on the Kimmswick committee?

I’ve been on the committee for two months

What does it mean to you to be part of the event?

Engagement within the local community—a good cause, and a great way keep mind & body active.

  • Matt Feldmann—The Material Works, Ltd., lost his father to ALS in 2015

How long have you been on the Kimmswick committee?

This is my second year on the committee.

Why did you join?

I joined to help expand the potential of this fundraiser through my own experiences in other races/events. Also to help raise awareness of ALS in my own communities.

What does it mean to you to be part of the event?

Being part of the Kimmswick 5k is important to me because it continues to keep me and my family and friends involved in the ALS community.

  • Janet Saale—longtime friend of the Ratliff Family

How long have you been on the Kimmswick committee?

I think this is my seventh year.

Why did you join?

To help the Ratliff Family in organizing the 5K.

What does it mean to you to be part of the event?

It means that I am helping to fund the research to hopefully find a cure for ALS.

Thank you to all our committee members, as well as all the volunteers and other community members who work hard to make each Kimmswick 5K a unique and memorable event. We hope to see you this Saturday morning and hope you’ll remember to “Keep Your Eyes on the Pies.”

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