5 K Run Kicks off Fall Community Center programs
By Alberta Stojkovic -
Runners and walkers had a beautiful, sunny fall morning for the fourth Annual 5K Morrow County Community Center Run on Saturday. After an all-night rain, skies cleared and the temperature reached 50 degrees for a crisp run starting at the Mount Gilead Swimming Pool, continuing past the High School and up Iberia Road and back.
Community Center Operations Manager, Cathy Adams thanked volunteers who helped the day of the race and gave special thanks to Carol Holsinger for organizing the race, finding sponsors, prizes and putting goody bags together.
Holsinger gave first and second place medals for top male and female times as well as medals in ten age groups. Top women’s time was Nikki Workman with 26:43 minutes. Top men’s time was Matt Brinkman with 20:45 minutes.
In the women’s division Lamara Rogers had the best time in the 18 – 24 year group with 34:13 minutes, Kristen Stuff won in the 25 – 30 year-old group with 29:30 minutes. Fawn Mollenkopf won the 30 – 35 year group with 31:12 minutes and Missy Kidwell came in second in that group with 34:13. Nikki Workman was first in her 35 –39 year group with 26:43 and Keysha Geckler came in with 36:19 minutes. Jen Simpson won in the 40–44 year group with 27:49 and Joann Trainer won the 50 and over group with 45:19. Kristi Bulkowski and Max came in first for walkers with a stroller at 50:53 minutes.
Nick Arndt came in first in the 25–30 year men’s division. Shane Smith came in first at 21:5 with William Arndt coming in second at 26:26 in the 30–35 year group. Matt Brinkman won his age group of 35 – 40 as well as winning overall with 20:45 minutes. Bill parsons came in second in the 35–40 year old group with 24:06. Jeff Polzin was first in the 40–44 year men’s division with 28:57 and Mark Noland was second in that division with 26:55.
Both Holsinger and Adams thanked Gold contributors to the race which included: Consolidated Electric, Drug Mart, Griffith & Brininger, LLC, Hometown Eye Care, Life Line Medical Ambulance Co., Dr. Stephen Ritz, and Dr. Allen Stojkovic. Silver contributors were Hoffman Office Center, Central Ohio Farmers Coop, Mount Gilead State Park, Sacred Hearts Council 14671 and Snyder Funeral Homes.
Runners were especially appreciative of drawing prizes that included four $25.00 gas cards from Kurilec Expolinc and two Community Center memberships. Goody bags and prizes were provided by Drug Mart, Avon/Nancy Reed, Mount Gilead Public Library, James Madison Insurance, Mount Gilead State Park and Health Source — McClelland Chiropractic and Morrow County Extension.
The 5 K Run is just one of several events and programs, which are underway this fall at the Community Center. Zumba classes meet at the Activity Center at 50 S. Main St. in Mount Gilead on Tues. and Thurs. at 6:30 p.m. Classes in Muscular Strength and Range of Movement are on Tues. and Thurs. at 10:30 a.m. Water Aerobics are on Mon. and Tues. at 7:10 a.m. and Swim Lessons are on Mon. and. Wed. Beginners are at 5:30 p.m. and Advanced swimmers at 6:15 p.m. Some classes and activities are also available through the Silver Sneakers program.
For more information on any classes or Community Center Fitness Activities you can contact the Center at 419–947-2100 or visit the Community Center for Fitness and Health at 16 S. Main St. in Mount Gilead.