ACH Breaks Record with 2011 5K
Last weekend, the rain held off just long enough for hundreds of running and walking enthusiasts to show their devotion to the Alliance Visiting Nurse and Hospice department of Alliance Community Hospital.
The twilight start of the “Steppin’ Out for Hospice 5K Fun Run and Walk” saw a few scattered sprinkles – and hundreds of participants.
“This turnout is an incredible testament to community’s commitment to our Hospice program,” said Sue Barrick, Director of Hospice and a registered nurse by trade.
Barrick was just one of 606 runners and walkers taking part in the race, which kicked off Saturday on ACH’s campus and wound through the campus of the University of Mount Union before ending in the hospital’s front parking lot. The event is part of the Subway Challenge Series and the attendance was a record-breaker for the hospital. It included a 1K fun run/walk for children.
“I think this year’s response to our event makes it the biggest 5K in the city,” said Marianne Sevcik, RN, Coordinator of OB at ACH and the 5K’s Race Director. Sevcik thanked the spirited crowd for attending, reminding them that all monies raised stay in Alliance and benefit Hospice patients who are in dire need of services but who may not be able to afford them.
Sevcik said that the race would not have been possible without the dozens of loyal volunteers who gave so much time and effort to the project, as well as the event’s top sponsors: Altercare of Alliance Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Care, Inc., Cassaday-Turkle Christian Funeral and Cremation service and WKBN-27 First News/FOX Youngstown television stations.
Foundation and Race Coordinator Jessica Bloss said that the event included new sponsorship options this year, including a pre-race spaghetti dinner and the ability to have a loved one’s name listed on honor t-shirts.
“We wanted to give everyone a chance to support the cause, even if they weren’t running or walking,” she said.
PR/Foundation Director Patty Kimerer hinted that next year’s event will offer even more opportunities for community members to show support.
“We want to be sure there’s something for everyone and that we can continue to pull in runners and walkers from as many areas as possible,” Kimerer said, noting that this year’s race drew a participant from as far away as Illinois.
Chip Wilson of North Canton won the event in a time of 16:50, followed closely behind by Nova Martin of Killbuck and Zachary Bloss of Beloit, who finished second and third, respectively. Coincidentally, Bloss was celebrating his birthday that same night.
The top female runners were Mallory Maner of Alliance, Kristin Barret of Minerva and Tori Ludu of Edenville.
But the real winners are the Hospice patients who will benefit from this, the biggest annual fundraiser of the program. “We’re all so proud to be associated with this event because at the end of the day, it helps people at a time they need it most,” Sevcik said.