Of the 67 participants in the Fun Run and Walk we gave away five prizes. Travis Walter took first place in the 3-mile men’s division with a time of 18 minutes and 15 seconds. Walter won a $25 Chamber Gift Certificate sponsored by The Running Club (TRC) Striders. Taylor Lewis ran the 3-mile in an incredible 23 minutes and 19 seconds and took first in the kid’s division. Taylor was awarded a Pondera Medical Center (PMC) Wellness Center water bottle for his effort. Jennifer Gunderson won the 1-mile walk raffle and was awarded two rodeo tickets, which were donated by a PMC employee. Returning runner, Lorrie Grosfield, won the 3-mile women’s division in 28 minute and 29 seconds. This year Grosfield had a new motivator. She wasn’t running for health benefits alone, she was running in support of her family. She explained,
“I wasn’t running just for me. I was praying for my family members every step of the way.”
Grosfield shared that some of her family members are fighting health complications and they are the reason she decided to run in the event. Grosfield is a returning participant and winner; last year she took home the prize for best costume and won a Scheels Gift Card from the PMC Wellness Center. For her outstanding effort, Grosfield won a $25 Chamber Gift Certificate sponsored by TRC Striders.
PMC and TRC Striders co-hosted the “Sun Safe Fun Run and Walk”. The collaboration brought in more 3-mile participants than last year’s event. No registration fee was required for Fun Run participants and everyone was able to grab free water and a banana, courtesy of the hosts. Andrea Awtrey sang the National Anthem and Michael and Brian Awtrey from Boy Scout Troop 513 presented the Colors prior to the event.
PMC encouraged participants to be sun smart and utilize methods to best protect themselves from skin damage. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. According to the 2018 American Cancer Society Report, in the United States 91,270 new cases of melanoma of the skin will occur in 2018 and of those they estimate 9,320 will die from skin cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes.” PMC volunteers handed out sunglasses and sunscreen donated by the Pondera County Health Department along with information on common misconceptions about sun safety.