FORT SCOTT, Kan. Neither rain nor threat of it could hinder attendance or enthusiasm at the third annual Mercy Day Run on Saturday, September 28.
It seemed nothing could hold back this group of 129 determined runners and walkers,” said Tina Rockhold, Mercy philanthropy director. “This was the largest number of participants yet.”
Twenty-two participated in the half-marathon, 34 participated in the 5K and 61 participated in the 1 mile fun run/walk.
The top male finisher in the half-marathon was Camron Stubby of Fort Scott with a time of 1:42:13. Top female finisher was Francene Johnson of Joplin with a time of 1:58:05.
The top male finisher in the 5K was Chris Jones of Fort Scott with a time of 23:30:86. Top female finisher was Nicole Goldston also of Fort Scott with a time of 24:14:25. More results are available at www.redteamracing.com.
The Mercy Day Run began in 2011 when organizers envisioned a race that would serve two purposes: offer people in the hospital’s service area an opportunity to become more physically active and raise financial support for the expansion of the cancer care unit at Mercy Hospital.
Proceeds from the 2013 Mercy Day Run will be used to purchase pediatric physical therapy equipment.
“We exceeded our goal for participation numbers, but are slightly shy of reaching the financial goal,” Rockhold explained. “But every penny of the proceeds will be donated to the Mercy physical therapy department to offset the cost of pediatric equipment.”
“The Mercy Day Run is a huge undertaking that would not be possible without our sponsors,” shared Reta Baker, Mercy Hospital president. “We want to recognize All Hit 103.9, Cancer Center of Kansas, City of Fort Scott, Cobalt MedPlans, Fort Scott Community College, Mercy Clinic, Red Team Racing and Westar Energy for their support.”
Baker added, “We also want to extend special thanks to our group of volunteers who overcame the adversity of working during a downpour to see all our participants finish safely.”
Planning for the next Mercy Day Run has already begun. The planning committee seeks feedback from participants for how the race may be improved or enhanced.