WRHS Foundation’s “Fun Run & Walk” Gives Back to Community

The Foundation at West River Health Services hosted their 28th Annual “Fun Run & Walk” this past 4th of July, with 175 participants running or walking the scenic 3K route around Hettinger’s beautiful Mirror Lake.

By TED UECKER
WRHS Foundation

The Foundation at West River Health Services hosted their 28th Annual “Fun Run & Walk” this past 4th of July, with 175 participants running or walking the scenic 3K route around Hettinger’s beautiful Mirror Lake.

This was, of course, following the 3-11 year olds 1K “Kids Run” through lovely Mirror Lake Park! Via area business sponsorships, participant registrations and a hugely supported raffle fundraiser, over $5,700 net became available to distribute. Last year we had $3,792 to give back. Recently, the Fun Run & Walk Committee met and came away committed to placing $5,727.70 net toward “health and wellness projects” in our local community.

Starting first with health and wellness needs at West River Health Services and Western Horizons Living Centers, the committee allotted $800 to the Foundation’s Partners In Health Program; and $500 each to health and wellness programs at Western Horizons Care Center, Western Horizons Assisted Living Center, West River Ambulance, and West River Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. The committee also felt strongly that we should continue reaching out even more to our local and eventually our area communities, as the WRHS Foundation has been making a steady dent into participating with our area communities the last two years. Therefore, the committee earmarked $1,500 toward the Hettinger Park Board’s Summer Baseball/Softball Programs; $500 for the Hettinger Backpack Program; $500 for the Summer Swimming Program; and $200 toward The Granary, for the use of their facility for the second consecutive year. The committee also approved providing $227.70 to Kennedy’s Fresh Foods, for the bottled ice water for both days for all of the eleven area communities’ boys at the Hettinger Little League Baseball Tournament in mid-July when it was 100 degrees!

The Fun Run & Walk Committee also visited about this past year’s event, voicing concerns with the train blocking Main Street walking access for participants and consideration of a younger category for children aged 5 and under. It appears the Hettinger City Council and Mayor Richard Wyman are handling the first concern. And we are going to look into the participation numbers of our younger runners by age.

Overall, the committee was pleased with the participation numbers for a Monday event and thought the event ran quite smoothly. The winners of the raffle ticket prizes sure thought it was a good investment of their $5 or more, as they won a kayak donated by Runnings; a beef bundle from Uecker Yards; Medora Musical tickets and Bully Pulpit Golf Packages from the Medora Foundation; Twins baseball tickets from KNDC; four FitBits donated by Matt Shahan, Amanda Reimer, Ted Uecker and Anonymous; a fire pit from Jim & Jenifer Long; and youth golf clubs from Sheri & Ted Uecker.

We encourage everyone to participate in WRHSF’s 29th Annual Fun Run & Walk on the 4th of July, 2017. Consider sending in an extra $5, so you have a shot at the awesome new raffle prizes!  Same place, same event; new friends, new fun. Come join us!







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