Run/Walk promotes healthy activity for all ages and
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[October 12, 2016]
- Runners and walkers, supported by family and friends, gathered at
Edward Madigan State Park Saturday morning for the Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital Foundation and Memorial SportsCare Run/Walk. This year
the Run/Walk featured a 5K, 10K, and 5-mile trail option for people of
all fitness levels and all ages.
It was a perfect fall day for the youngsters to run a free 200-yard
kid dash to start the racing. From toddlers to 10 year olds,
children lined up at the start and gave it all they had to finish.
The crowd cheered loud for the youth as they ran as fast as their
legs would allow them. After the race each runner received a medal
for taking part.
Then came the big event. Todd Mourning, D.P.T. director of program
development at ALMH, gave the participants rules for the different
races. All runners at registration were given a chip, a small
plastic piece that would track a runner's progress and record times
during the race. The timing chips are activated once a runner steps
over the electronic mat at the start and finish. When a runner goes
over the mat a second time the chip stops recording. Mourning
reminded the runners that they should avoid the mat until they were
finished with their event or their official time would not be
recorded. Once the race was over, runners could find out their times
by checking with Mourning who was able to look up the individual
results on an ipad.
Volunteers were located throughout the park for runners who might
need assistance. Volunteers also made sure the runners stayed on the
right track for the event they were registered for.
After listening to the instructions, all participants took their
marks and awaited the command to go.
Following are results from the 5K/10K race categories:
5K (A race that's 3.1 miles long.):
1st Jackson Johnson, Lincoln - 18:54
2nd Dolan Dalpoas, Lincoln - 23:53
3rd Tony Zurkhammer, Lincoln - 24:07
1st Danielle Sharpstene, Springfield - 25:57
2nd Laura Miller, Lincoln - 27:28
3rd Hattie Mourning, Lincoln - 27:33 (Age 11)
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Youth (13 and under) winners were:
Boys Jace Whitted, Atlanta - 24:50
Girls Claire Duffer, Lincoln - 30:16
1st John Coultas, Springfield - 36:16
2nd Jordan Brimer, Mount Sterling - 38:22
3rd Carl Cox, Atlanta - 43:00
1st Laine Sutkey, Union Grove, WI - 53:10
2nd Linda Mourning, Lincoln - 53:29
3rd Amy Barnes, Taylorville - 55:55
5K races are becoming more and more popular and are a great way for
a beginning runner to maintain their physical fitness. Many
organized 5K running events elect to raise money for a chosen
charity. All proceeds from this year's race will support local
Mourning said, "I hope that this event encourages people of all
fitness levels to get moving and celebrate health."
For information regarding Memorial SportsCare at ALMH call the ALMH
Rehabilitation Department at 217-605-5500 or visit ALMH.org.
Memorial SportsCare is a full-service athletic training program for
athletes of all ages.