1. 2018 Wildcat P.R.I.D.E. Runfest


Rain and cold may stop some runners but 95 “die-hard athletes“ showed up to compete in the 8th annual 2018 Wildcat P.R.I.D.E. Runfest on Sunday afternoon under cloudy skies and chilly temperatures.

The Wildcat P.R.I.D.E. organization started the day’s events with an obstacle course developed by Sydney Moore to challenge kids’ agility. Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital brought their photo booth and took pictures of individual and group athletes during late registration.

At 12:30 the first race started and a small group of kids were excited to run the One-Mile Track race. It was as much fun for the parents, grandparents and other adults to watch as kids as young as eighteen months ran around the track, determined to finish their race.

At just 7 years old, Alijah Hampton was first with a time of 8:43. Natalie Nakvos (9) came in second at 9:13, and Spencer Tisdel also 9years old, just behind her at 9:29. These kids don’t reach their running peak for years to come-imagine what they could do in the future!

In an effort to have all runners finish at approximately the same time the 10k athletes started their race at 1PM and about 30 minutes later the 5k group began.

The first athlete to come through was sixteen year old Riley McKenna with a time of 21:08, our Overall Male Runner in the 5k! Just seconds behind him 17 year old John Beckman came in at 21:12 and Zack Iteen at 21:23.

On the girls’ side, sixteen year old Stevey Hogle was the Overall Female 5k Runner with a time of 24:06. Shortly after her nine year old Kamryn Salladay came in at 25:11, we can’t wait to see what Kamryn’s future in running holds! Fran Clemence came in just seconds behind Kamryn with a time of 25:25, and took the Overall Masters for the females in the 5k.

About 50 minutes after they began we saw our first 10k athlete coming toward the finish line; Doug Bitler crossed the finish at 52:21, for the Mens 10k Overall. Bruce Bennett (43) was the next 10k runner at 54:20, and took the Mens 10k Masters title. Greg Saxton crossed the finish at 56:51.

Sally Culey was the first female 10k runner to cross the finish with a time of 57:24, taking the Overall 10k Female, and Leigh Saxton came in with a time of 1:08,and took the Overall 10k Female Masters.

We were excited to see several personal records made and some first time 5k runners and 10k runners. Most of all we were so happy to see many families come out and be active together, which is one of our core goals! You may wonder why we don’t charge kids to run. We don’t charge kids under 18 to race as part of our “GO KIDS CAMPAIGN” so families can afford to participate and be active together.

Our Wildcat P.R.I.D.E. efforts and those of our community minded sponsors results in a healthier community and gives us the ability to help athletes buy sports gear they need but may not be able to afford. This Fall we were able to give 16 $60 gift cards to be used by student athletes, so that everyone can participate!

P- Positive Attitude (Encourage others, make the best choice, Smile)

R-Respect Others (Be a good listener, Follow directions the first time, Use your manners)

I-Invest in your Education (Be on time, Be prepared, Use time wisely)

D-Diligence (Always give your best effort, Be Persistent in completing assignments)

E-Enjoy your Day (Spend time with positive people, Always have positive interaction with folks)

We would like to thank some of our local businesses that helped by sponsoring this community event:

Lakeview Dental Associates


Community First Federal Credit Union

Dave Hallada-State Farm Insurance

Four Seasons Exterminating

Gordon Behrenwald Farms

Robinson Equipment

DeWitt Lumber

Marshall’s Outdoor Rentals

Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital

Parker Hannifin

Preference Dental

Main Street Pizza

Havitt Supplies/A & B Rentals

Johnson Farms

Peddlers Patch

Village Kupps

His & Her Hairport, Julie King

Lakeview Community Wellness Center


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