Run For Kids Health A Winner For All

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Wilmington: On Saturday, Henrietta Johnson Medical center held its 10th annual 5K walk/run event at Dravo Plaza along the beautiful Wilmington Riverfront in Wilmington, where 95 Athletes hit the finish line for kids health.

Held in support of World Health Day, Henrietta Johnson Medical center works in conjunction with the city of Wilmington’s Healthy 2020. The event was rolled out as the National Health Center Week kicks off its annual campaign.

The annual event is a benefit event to not only raise money for Kids Health, but also to encourage people to get into shape, and has been happening every year for the past ten years.

The event benefits Henrietta Johnson Medical Center, and was sponsored by WSFS Bank, Diversified Insurance, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, ATI Physical Therapy, City of Wilmington, Excel Business Systems, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, IFS Benefits, LLC, Dynamic Physical Therapy, United Health Care, WAWA, AARP, Vitas, and Spinal Health & Wellness.

Henrietta Johnson Medical Center is a local community medical center located in the city of Wilmington that provides affordable and quality care to those in need. The medical center is supported by many community groups and individuals. The medical center was also the first privately funded community health center in the state of Delaware that is well staffed and is also supported by volunteer doctors and Pharmacists.

Run For Kids Health. Held at Dravo Plaza with music, snacks, raffles, and giveaways, Races 2 Run directed and coordinated the race using the NOVA timing system. NOVA timing system uses chip time by using the MYLAPS bib tag timing system. In addition to Races 2 Run, there was also information booths set up from various organizations.

The race started at 8:00 A.M. and Wilmington Police was seen with their friendly faces providing safety and traffic control. Upon completion of the race, awards were handed out in three different categories, Overall male/female, Top 3 male/female in 10 year age groups 13 & under through 70 & over, Top 3 male/female walkers.

With the temperatures in the upper 80’s at 8:00 A.M. and the humidity index at a point that was almost unbearable, Athletes seemed anxious to get started as they paced Dravo Plaza. Then the announcement came, and the runners hurried up to the start line. With runners in the front and walkers in the back, moments passed, then suddenly, Ready, get set, then the start horn sounded, and off they went with a Wilmington Police motorcycle escort leading the way.

As moments passed, then 5 minutes, 8 minutes, then 13 minutes, and from a distance the first runner came running into the finish line.

Michael Daigeaun, 36, from Philadelphia, PA, finished with a time of 16:55.6 and the leaderboard tell the rest of the story.

Leaderboard – Men
Place Name/Time
1 Michael Daigeaun 16:55.6
2 Alex Horgan 19:05.7
3 Jorge Morales 19:18.9
4 Gerardo Ribas 20:26.8
5 Tim Sick 21:12.2

Leaderboard – Women
Place Name/Time
1 Hollie Sick 20:01.4
2 Charlee Crawford 23:45.4
3 Naomi Platt 24:05.6
4 Lindsay Long 25:13.1
5 Rhonda Magel 25:54.2

As the runners came into the finish line, some sweating profusely, rested in shades, under trees, on the sidewalk, or benches in an attempt to cool down and catch their breath. An awesome event it was with an amazing outcome for the community. Who wouldn’t want to run for kids health?

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