Rain and the chilly temperatures didn’t dampen the spirits of the several hundred people who turned out for Lub Dub on Saturday morning. This year’s sixth annual event set a record with 513 registered walkers and runners, including 65 people who registered during this morning’s downpour.
The Lub Dub, named after the sound of a healthy heartbeat, is a 5K/10K run and walk hosted by the Bothwell Foundation. The event benefits the Camye Callis Gaspard Memorial Heart Fund, which helps finance improvements in cardiovascular treatment at Bothwell Regional Health Center. The fund was established by the Callis-Gaspard families following Camye’s death from undiagnosed heart disease at age 41.
“It is fantastic to witness the commitment people have to this event, said Race Director Rick Schlesselman. “You have to admit, this isn’t the kind of day that people would normally choose for outdoor activity, but the rain didn’t seem to keep them away. They’re here and having a good time.”
One of those was 70-year-old Giles Wilborn from Michigan, who happened to be driving along I-70 when he heard a radio spot for Lub Dub and decided to check it out. He finished first in his age division in the 10K run.
Race organizers attributed the increased participation to greater awareness, the longevity and organization of the race, as well as Healthy U’s recently concluded Couch to 5K program. Couch to 5K had nearly 350 participants in the 8-week program that provided a step-by-step training program.
“The Sedalia Runners Club operates our finish line, and we have a lot of volunteer groups who help with details like parking, traffic, aid stations and more,” Schlesselman said.
Volunteer groups included the 509th Security Forces Squadron from Whiteman Air Force Base, nursing students from State Fair Community College, National Honor Society students from Smith-Cotton and Sacred Heart High Schools, Lincoln High School FBLA, Salvation Army and the Sedalia Police Department.
Corporate Challenge awards were presented to Callis Integrated Marketing for having the highest percent of employee participation, and Third National Bank for making the largest monetary contribution.
Kenny Miller was the top male finisher in the 10K Run, and Aubrey Appleman was the lead female finisher for the second year in a row. Kyle Eichler was the top male finisher in the 5K Run, and Kimberlie Windle was the top female finisher. Overall first place finishes in the 5K Walk went to Aiden Knoernschild and Jessie Kenny.
The top three finishers by age in the various categories were:
10K Run, ages 20-29 male: Brian Burd, Joel Pallon, Daniel Hamilton
10K Run, ages 20-29 female: Elissa Beebe, Lauren Goalder, Meghan McLaughlin
10K Run, ages 30-34 male: Robert Merritt, James Davis, John Bono
10K Run, ages 30-34 female: Aubrey Appleman, Kelly McCollester, Kaley Hobbs
10K Run, ages 35-39 male: Kenny Miller, Spencer Eisenmenger, Eric Dillon
10K Run, ages 35-39 female: Joslyn Lewis, Miya Barr
10K Run, ages 40-44 male: Greg Luebbering
10K Run, ages 40-44 female: Sandra Dulaban, Susan Summers
10K Run, ages 45-49 male: Kevin Funk, Lloyd Hesseltine
10K Run, ages 45-49 female: Tami Hesseltine, Stacey Eggers, Tammy Eichler
10K Run, ages 50-54 male: Brad Akin, Joseph Grandfield, James Smith
10K Run, ages 50-54 female: Pam Holdeman
10K Run, ages 55-59 male: Charles Rodewald, Gary Moser, Bob Fredrickson
10K Run, ages 55-59 female: Suzy Henry
10K Run, 60-69 male: John Ball, Rick Thompson
10K Run, 70+ male: Giles Wilborn
5K Run, Under 19 male: Blake Pomajzl, Mason Gaspard, Nolan Walker
5K Run, Under 19 female: Sadie Rollings, Emma Rollings, Alexus Diekmann
5K Run, ages 20-29 male: Kyle Eichler, Elbert Mason, Matthew Shell.
5K Run, ages 20-29 female: Elizabeth McKinney, Sarah Tyler, Alexis Borowick
5K Run, ages 30-34 male: Travis Pilant, Ryan Windle, Joe Laxson.
5K Run, ages 30-34 female: Kimberlie Windle, Kim Ream, Nikki Freeman
5K Run, ages 35-39 male: Michael Hammers, Anthony Monsees, Joshua Valtos
5K Run, ages 35-39 female: Sarah Eisenmenger, Elizabeth Monsees, Charlyn Callis
5K Run, ages 40-44 male: Rob Rollings, Charlie McFail, William Malloy
5K Run, ages 40-44 female: Cara Harris, Angie Gentry, Lisa Adams
5K Run, ages 45-49 male: Brian Scott, Thomas Bush, Randy Crawshaw
5K Run, ages 45-49 female: Julie Bush, Kristie Schear, Cindy Harris
5K Run, ages 50-54 male: Rich Schumacher, Wayne Smither, James Schoen
5K Run, ages 50-54 female: Mimi Prenger, Vickie Homan, Pat Seifert
5K Run, ages 55-59 male: Cliff Callis, Maurice Whitson, Bill Beck
5K Run, ages 55-59 female: Ruth Oswald, Sharon Meyers, Charlotte Herrick
5K Run, 60-69 male: Steve Foster, Dan Page
5K Run, 60-69 female: Cindy Cramer, Karen Shackles
5K Run, 70+ male: Harold Finke
5K Walk, Under 19 male: Aiden Knoernschild, Yeager Coen, Sean Balke
5K Walk, Under 19 female: Ali Burkholder, Kaylan Black, Jessica Stewart
5K Walk, ages 20-29 male: Justin Furnell, Trevor Bell, Jack Haynes
5K Walk, ages 20-29 female: Natalie Ficken, Tabitha Townsend, Mitzi Furnell
5K Walk, ages 30-34 male: Devin Gaspard, Tim Wheeler, Ben Wilson
5K Walk, ages 30-34 female: Jessica Kenney, Maleah Perkins, Meg Young
5K Walk, ages 35-39 male: Micah Rowden, Jerry Young, Craig Coen
5K Walk, ages 35-39 female: DeeDee Gilmore, Kelly Weathers, Amy Ritzo
5K Walk, ages 40-44 male: Mark Walker, Larry Edwards, Keenan Patterson
5K Walk, ages 40-44 female: Linda Harris, Wendy Fairfax, Judy Gerke
5K Walk, ages 45-49 male: Bart Kuhns, Roy LaRue
5K Walk, ages 45-49 female: Margaret Schaffer, Nicci Funk, Sandra McMullin
5K Walk, ages 50-54 male: Rick Langdon, David Yeater, Tom Fairfax
5K Walk, ages 50-54 female: Pam Thompson, Kelly Burkholder, Bonni Lane
5K Walk, ages 55-59 male: Bill Beck, Robert Parker, Dean Sallee
5K Walk, ages 55-59 female: Kathy Hansen, Vicki Hardy, Mary Kellog
5K Walk, 60-69 male: Tony Monsees, Abraham Azan, Mike Howard
5K Walk, 60-69 female: Cathy Wilson, Norma Thomas, Pam Burlingame. (Results courtesy Bothwell Regional Health Center) Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.