First run/walk event a huge success

Authored by Jim Langham on Apr 14, 2014

The sun broke bright and the breezes were mild on Saturday morning as the inviting spring weather brought out over 200 participants to the Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion 5K Run/Walk Challenge.
Saturday’s event was the first of the Adams County Community Foundation 2014 5K Run/Walk Challenge. The top two finishers overall were Laurissa Dalrymple, of New Bremen, Ohio with a run of 19:41 and John Schneiders of Decatur with a finishing time of 19:42.1.
Rounding out the top 10 finishers were Kara Seffernick, Berne (21:22.7), Paul VanCise, Bryant (21:29.9), Erik Magner, Fort Wayne (21.37.1), Cody Sprunger, Berne (21.49.7), Luke Gerber, Berne, (22.27.5), Kent Frank, Berne (22.30.6), Becky Buckingham, Berne (22.31.8), and Jeremy Brown, Decatur, (22.38.4).
The next Challenge event will take place next Saturday at 9 a.m. at Adams Memorial Hospital with the Run Over Violence, a major fund-raiser for the Adams-Wells Crisis Center.
“This is one of our major fundraisers of the year,” commented Crisis Center executive director Angie Gunsett. “It is always so encouraging to see the way people from the county and other communities turn out to support the Crisis Center.”
Those interested in registering for the second Challenge race of the season can contact Gunsett at 260-728-9800.
Money raised in the Swiss Village 5K Lauf/Spaziegang last Saturday goes to the Samaritan Endowment Fund of Swiss Village. Village executive director Daryl Martin explained that money in the endowment fund provides financial resources for residents of the village with a significant need.
“From the organization’s standpoint, we are very appreciative to people who contribute to help meet the needs of people who need assistance,” said Martin. “The original endowment fund was started with a significant gift from Lucy Gilliom.
“Over the years people have given gift to create earnings for that endowment fund,” continued Martin. “We do all that we can to accommodate people from the local area. Over the years, this fund has helped with over $4 million worth of uncompensated care.”
Martin said that he wanted to pay tribute to the planning committee who had worked hard to put together the second annual 5K event.
“I want to express my appreciation on behalf of the people whose financial resources can’t match their need for care,” Martin said. “We are committed to quality care in a unique way at Swiss Village.”
“This was a beautiful day for this,” commented Wellness Pavilion executive director Sarah Conrad. “We had many returning runners and several new runners. Last year it was chilly and rainy. This year, you couldn’t ask for a better day.
“There are so many families here. It shows the concern of our community for wellness concerns on a family basis,” continued Conrad. “It shows how our community cares for the needs of those who need the support of the endowment for their health care needs.”

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