Overcast, only slightly cool – it was a great morning for run on Saturday, April 25, when the Bothwell Regional Health Center Foundation held its eighth annual Lub Dub.

More than 540 people registered for the 5K/10K walk and run, which is held annually to raise funds for the Camye Callis Gaspard Memorial Heart Fund for projects to help improve local treatment for cardiovascular disease.

Race Director Rick Schlesselman, who suffered a heart attack when he was 36, knows firsthand the importance of treatment programs and praised the community support for Lub Dub.

“It is awesome to witness the commitment people have to this event, said Race Director Rick Schlesselman. “With Trail’s End and ballgames and proms this weekend, there was a lot going on, but people still took time to come out here on a Saturday morning, socialize, get some exercise and have a great time.”

With new chip timing partner UltraMax Sports of Columbia, race participants could get their timing results as soon as they crossed the McCarthy Toyota Finish Line, and event emcee Doug Sokolowski, of 92.3 Bob FM, was able to announce finishers as they crossed.

There was lots to cheer for from the winners to those who were proud to finish, but one of the most inspiring stories was towards the end for Team McCurdy. Al McCurdy has been an announcer in Sedalia for many years and with 92.3 Bob-FM, Newstalk 1050 KSIS and Better Country KIX 105 for the last two years. His wife, Mary, was diagnosed with lymphoma and was very weak about a year ago. She has been able to get stronger and stronger and with the help of her family and friends, she finished the race with her family around her and the cheers of the crowd as she and Team McCurdy finished.

Overall winners in the runs were:

10K Female, Megan Webb, with a time of 46:22

10K Male, Kyle Eichler, with a time of 40:58

5K Female, Jessie Kuykendall, with a time of 21:56

5K Male, Austin Larsen, with a time of 17:54


The top finishers in the 5K Walk were Marlenis Volpe and Hunter Scholl.

ProEnergy Services won both the 5K and 10K team finish awards in the Corporate Challenge, where companies compete against each other for various awards. Callis Integrated Marketing won the Corporate Challenge trophy for having the highest percent of employee participation, and Bothwell Regional Health Center for having the greatest number of employees participate. Other companies participating in the Corporate Challenge were Bichsel Jewelry, Equity Bank, General Cable, Insurance & Benefits Group, Pittsburgh Corning, State Fair Community College, Third National Bank and Xceligent.

The top three finishers by age in the various categories were:

10K Run, ages under 19 male: Gary McKinsey

10K Run, ages 20-29 male: Kyle Eichler, Chris Keller, Eric Gramenz

10K Run, ages 20-29 female: Kristen Cross, Kelsey Baldwin, Andrea Rea

10K Run, ages 30-39 male: Josh Herrick, Darryl Ehlers, Mark Scholl

10K Run, ages 30-39 female: Megan Webb, Kim Ream, Stephanie Fraley

10K Run, ages 40-49 male: Michael Smith, Todd Fraley, James Hayes

10K Run, ages 40-49 female: Gina Martens, Tami Hesseltine, Kathy Woolery

10K Run, ages 50-59 male: John Arnwine, Joseph Grandfield, Mike Toth

10K Run, ages 50-59 female: Carla Baldwin, Melinda Sechrest

10K Run, 60+ male: Gary Moser, Rick Thompson, John Meehan


5K Run, Under 19 male: Austin Larsen, Blake Pomajzl, Sam Wilhelm

5K Run, Under 19 female: Jessie Kuykendall, Kailee Mitchell, Rilee Jackson

5K Run, ages 20-29 male: David DeMasters, Nick Johnson, Britt Smith

5K Run, ages 20-29 female: Elizabeth Ulmer, Kate Hanlon, Ashley Collier

5K Run, ages 30-39 male: Rance Jackson, Daniel Bridges, B.J. Breshears

5K Run, ages 30-39 female: Nikki Freeman, Charlyn Callis, Jessica Kenney

5K Run, ages 40-49 male: Faron Miller, Anthony Monsees, Darryl Smithson

5K Run, ages 40-49 female: Angela Gentry, Julie Bush, Klaudine Brickman

5K Run, ages 50-59 male: Kent Lang, Brad Akin, Kevin Miller

5K Run, ages 50-59 female: Debra Eichler, Ruth Oswald, Pat Seifert

5K Run, ages 60+ male: Jim Aller, Jim Shoemaker, Paul Siron

5K Run, ages 60+ female: Karen Shackles, Cindy Cramer, Sharon Freeman

(Courtesy of BRHC Foundation and contribution by Doug Sokolowski)


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