28th Annual “Fun Run & Walk” Most Successful Fundraiser Yet

This year’s 28th Annual West River Health Services Foundation’s “Fun Run & Walk,” held every 4th of July since 1989, raised the most funds for area health and fitness yet!

By TED UECKER
WRHS Foundation

This year’s 28th Annual West River Health Services Foundation’s “Fun Run & Walk,” held every 4th of July since 1989, raised the most funds for area health and fitness yet! Being held on a Monday this year, the attendance was still quite strong with 175 runners and walkers. And even though we had more participants a year ago, we sold far more raffle tickets this go round. Overall, we brought in over $7,500 gross, so we are hoping to disperse from $5,500 to $6,000 net to various health and fitness areas throughout WRHS, WHLC and the area community. Last year we distributed $3,792 to various health and fitness areas of WRHS and WHLC, plus the Hettinger Backpack Program and the new home of the Fun Run & Walk, The Granary.

With over 700 raffle tickets sold, they alone helped us raise over $3,500 net! The terrific prizes, donated by various businesses and individuals, really added a boost to this raffle ticket project. As promised, the winning raffle tickets were selected and given out the morning of the event on July 4th. The raffle prizes, sponsors, values and winners were as follows (Prize-Value-Winner):

Kayak with Oars (Runnings-$250-Harvey Oase), Beef Bundle with Cooler (Uecker Yards-$200-Dr. Sheffield), Four Twins Tickets (KNDC-$200-Charlene Honeyman), Kid’s Golf Clubs (Ted/Sheri Uecker -$200-Katie Shahan), Bully Pulpit Golf for 2 (Medora Foundation-$200-Pat Boros), Medora Musical for 2 (Medora Foundation-$85-Dick Vliem), Fire Pit (Jim/Jenifer Long-$100-Bobbi Uecker), FitBits Charge HR’s (Matt Shahan, Amanda Reimer, Ted/Sheri Uecker, Anonymous x$130-Irene Binstock, Tyler Larson, Camdyn Fried, and Duane Altendorf).

The weather the morning of July 4 was absolutely perfect! The Kid’s 1K run, heading west and making a loop through Mirror Lake Park, started at 7:30 a.m., with Trevor Dalley from Hettinger crossing the finish line first at 4:22, winning the 8 & Under division. William Burkhalter from Prairie City was right on his heels, winning the 9-11 division with a time of 4:23. In the girls 1K run, Sydney Emineth crossed the line at 4:51 to win the 9-11 division and Kayla Schauer won the 8 & Under division at 5:03. The youngest 1K runner was Camdyn Fried at 3 years of age!

The Adult runners took off next, heading to the west and running all the way around beautiful and glassy Mirror Lake. Ismael Arzola, a tremendous runner from Dickinson State and currently residing in Lemmon, SD, basically sprinted the course to victory in 8:44! WOW! Kindall Seamands from Wright, WY was the fastest female runner at 12:09. There were various 3K male and female runner winners from different age categories as follows:

Age 12-16: Daniel Burkhalter, Prairie City, SD (9:11), Kindall Seamands, Wright, WY (12:09)

Age 17-29: Ismael Arzola, Lemmon, SD (8:44), Alexandra Engraf, Fargo, ND (14:41)

Age 30-49: Andrew Kjolsrud, Sierra Vista, AZ (13:14), Heidi Kopren, Bison, SD (14:42)

Age 50+: Craig Perfett, Hettinger, ND (13:49), Zeta Drolc, Hettinger, ND (14:25)

Clydesdale: Craig Tuhy, Hettinger, ND (14:08)

Most Senior: Connie Herman, Lemmon, SD

The large group of walkers started their 3K walk around the lake shortly after the runners – but heading east! In this format, the walkers could cheer on their running family members and friends. The Youngest Walker was Ruby Rustan, Hettinger, ND (3 months old) and the most Senior Walker was Dort Vliem, Lodgepole, SD (93 years young!). The family with the most pre-registered total participants was the Burkhalter Family with nine (the Manning’s must have had other plans!).

Thank you to all of the amazing sponsors of this event, including Uecker Yards, Kennedy Fresh Foods, All-Star Dairy, Hettinger Candy Company, KNDC, Stippich Inc., Runnings, Pepsi, Twin City Roofing, Vogel Law Firm, Ted & Sheri Uecker, Matt & Katie Shahan, Amanda Reimer, LMT, Anonymous, The Eye Clinic of ND, Sanford Health Plan, Bone & Joint Center, Pathology Consultants, Medora Foundation, Hands on Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND, Black Hills Neurosurgery & Spine, West River Health Services and West River Health Services Foundation.. Plus, thank you to the participants who attend this event most every year. And many thanks to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket to aid us in our fundraising efforts.  And last, but certainly not least, thank you to the many volunteers at WRHS and WHLC who help coordinate and execute this terrific event every year.

Soon we will let you know where the funds raised from this event will be distributed. See you next year at the 29th Annual Fun Run & Walk.