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Run in the Sun

MHP Foundation’s Inaugural “Run in Sun” Deemed huge success with 200 participants

More than 200 people participated in the inaugural Mahaska Health Partnership Foundation "Run in the Sun" on Saturday, July 30. The 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk was a fundraiser to benefit the MHP Hospice Serenity House.

For full race results, click here.

The event raised approximately $6,000 for the MHP Hospice Serenity House, which recently celebrated one year of service to the community. It started and finished at the Lacey Recreation Complex and featured long stretches on the Mahaska Community Recreation Trail.

According to MHP Development Director Cathy Stahl, the race was a huge success. “We are so pleased with the turn out for our inaugural ‘Run in the Sun’,” Stahl said. “We had chip-timing for run accuracy, and runners

The overall winner of the MHP Foundation
“Run in the Sun,” 5K event was 15-year-old
Skylar DeJong of Oskaloosa, with a time of

really liked that. The committee felt it was important to have a quality, well-run event so that it will continue to grow. I think we definitely hit that goal.”

Before the race began, a brief ceremony was held for the families of the 61 patients who were served by the Serenity House in its first year. Family members were invited to attend and released balloons in memory of their loved one. “It was a very touching ceremony and many family members were able to attend. In fact, the family of Bayard Phillips, who passed away in April, had 14 family members in attendance, some who came from as far away as Minnesota.”

Fifteen-year-old Skylar DeJong of Oskaloosa, was the overall winner with a time of 19:39.9. His brother, Spencer, followed him in a close second. Female overall winner was Betsy Luck with a time of 21:18.9. Medals were awarded to the top three male in female winners in each age category:

  • Age 14 and Under, Females: Sienna DeJong (1st), Bailey Blythe (2nd) and Grace Phillips (3rd). Males: Drew Applegat (1st), Nate Caves (2nd) and Vincent Ramirez (3rd).
  • Age 15 to 18, Females: Megan Goemat (1st), Cassie Phillips (2nd) and Laine Phillips (3rd). Males: Skylar DeJong (1st), Spencer DeJong (2nd) and Brian Saunders (3rd).
  • Age 19 to 29, Females: Valinn McReynolds (1st), Hailey Moore (2nd) and Jamie Life (3rd). Males: Kent Peterson (1st), Brett Ford (2nd) and Jake Jenkins (3rd).
  • Age 30 to 39, Females: Betsy Luck (1st), Katie Wise (2nd) and Lisa Beebe (3rd). Males: Mark Stek (1st), Ryan Vickerman (2nd) and Roger Miller (3rd).
  • Age 40 to 49, Females: Leanne Bartlow (1st), Barb Finney (2nd) and Sherry Conn (3rd). Males: Brian Crile (1st), Scott Meyer (2nd) and Geoff Oscarson (3rd).
  • Age 50 to 59, Females: Linda Adams (1st), Joyce Burch (2nd) and Becky Rozenboom (3rd). Male: Richard Hanna (1st), Marvin Knoot (2nd) and Chad Falwer (3rd).
  • Age 60 and Over, Females: Jean Welsh (1st) and Shirley Vore (2nd). Males: Peter Munnisi (1st), Andrew Hazer (2nd) and Tom Palmer (3rd).

Overall race results will be posted on the MHP website at mahaskahealth.org  later this week.

Stahl said special thanks must go to the Run in the Sun planning committee of Brett Johnson and Andy Holmberg from Clow Valve Company, Sandy Bailey from Midwest One Bank, Keith Comfort from First National Bank Midwest, Shawn Langkamp from Garland VanArkel Langkamp funeral Chapel and Cassie Riley from MHP.

 “Brett really was the driving force to getting this event organized in the beginning, and we have had incredible support from Clow Valve to assure its success,” Stahl said. “All of the committee members were instrumental in getting this inaugural event off the ground. I’d also like to thank the MHP Hospice staff and director Kim Lambert, as well as all the sponsors, volunteers and participants who made this event such a success.”

Corporate Sponsors of Run in the Sun were: Bates Funeral Chapel, Bluestone Engineering, Clow Valve Company, Cablevey Conveyors, First National Bank Midwest, Garland Van Arkel Langamp Funeral Chapel, KBOE Radio, Mahaska Health Partnership, Pella Rolscreen Foundation, RDG, Robert Auld Investments, Sodexo Healthcare, State Farm Insurance – Agent Kelli Steil and TD & T. Major sponsors were Fareway, Garden & Associates, LDT, Lofredo Fresh Produce, Hammer Medical Supply, HyVee, MidwestOne Bank and True Value Hardware.