TWIN FALLS — The Perrine Bridge Festival has a history of giving back to children in the Magic Valley.
It started in 2005 as a way to raise awareness and money for children with special needs. Initially named Parachutes for Kids, the event has raised more than $255,000 and helped children in areas including physical therapy, speech therapy, wheelchair lifts, helmets and hearing aid replacements.
And the tradition will continue Saturday.
Registration for a 5k Fun Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $30.
The Kids SuperHero Fun Run/Walk costs $20 per child and includes a T-shirt, snack and prizes. Registration is at 10 a.m. at the Twin Falls Visitor center and the run/walk starts at 10:30 a.m. Every child that participates in the Kids Fun Run will receive a goodie bag and a prize at the finish line. Each participants will also be entered to win one of four bikes donated by Novalex.
The Run, Bike, Paddle event has three legs of competition. It can be a group or individual event. Participants start out running a 5k, then a 10-mile bike ride to Auger Falls, then they will paddle for one mile to the Perrine Bridge and back. The event was designed as a business to business challenge or for other groups of competitors. Registration is at 7 a.m. at Centennial Park and the race begins at 7:30 a.m.
There will also be vendors including Kona gourmet shaved ice, Hands On and Home Depot will be providing projects for youth.
Nikki and Miles Daisher founded the festival 12 years ago. Miles Daisher is a nationally recognized BASE jumper and brought national attention to BASE jumping and Twin Falls by setting a world record. He also collected pledges for each jump he made in that 24-hour period.
The following year the Perrine Bridge Festival and Parachutes for Kids became a BASE jumping exhibition and one event among many activities.