Record Attendance at 6th Annual Strides for Health 5K

Three hundred and sixty-one individuals participated in the 6th Annual Strides for Health 5K held at Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital on Saturday, August 18, 2012. Events included a 5K run and walk, one-mile kids’ fun run and free health screenings. Participants ranged in age from as young as two in the kids’ fun run, up to 79 in the 5K.

For the second year in a row, Kenneth Brooks (Portage, MI) was the overall male winner. Kenneth was the first person to cross the finish line at 16:11. A very close second was Paul Gennaro (Abington, PA), who crossed the finish line one second behind Kenneth at 16:12. The third overall male winner was Jesse Aukeman (Byron Center, MI) who finished the race at 17:11.

Jessica Shaw (Allegan, MI) was the overall female winner. Her time was 19:31. This is the fourth year in a row that Jessica has taken home this honor. Chelsey Jones (Kalmazoo, MI) was the second overall female winner at 20:07 and Erin Kennedy (Phoenix, AZ) finished third at 20:23.

Gena Vandermeulen (Shelbyville, MI) was the overall female masters’ winner and Kerry Robbert (Allegan, MI) was the overall male masters’ winner.

The winning team in the team division was the Ferocious 5K-ers – Jessica Shaw, Rachel Bartz, Aiden Knoll, Travis Lynch, Kyle Sousley and Paula Chalupa.

Strides for Health 5K Run/Walk was a put on by the Ascension Borgess Allegan Foundation, Allegan Tigershark Aquatic Club, and Allegan Public Schools’ Swimming and Diving Program in an effort to maintain and improve the health of the community. For more information, please visit or

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The winners of the team division was the Ferocious 5K-ers: Kyle Sousley (239), Aiden Knoll (287), Jessica Shaw (286), Rachel Bartz (28) and Travis Lynch (285). Not pictured Paula Chalupa.

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