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Published on September 06, 2017

St. Joseph's Labor Day Weekend Fun Run was huge success

The 2017 St. Joseph's Labor Day half-marathon, 10K and 5K run/walk was a runaway hit, raising more than $5,000 for the St. Joseph's Memorial Foundation.

More than 160 participants took part in the event coming from as far away as Holmen and Milwaukee. The event began at 7:30 a.m. with the half-marathon where 24 men and women ran 13.1 miles through the city of Hillsboro and along the "400" trail. At 8:30 a.m., the 10K and 5K began with a mix of more than 100 walkers and runners.

The event witnessed a personal best from Cody Urban of Holmen who came first in the half-marathon, running the course in 1 hour, 19 minutes and 33.9 seconds. The fastest time in the 5K came from Mindy Waddell of Viola, who came in at 19 minutes 26.6 seconds. John Rick of Hillsboro came first in the 10K, clocking in at 45 minutes 29.3 seconds.

The event also hosted a kid's race coordinated by Carol Veldey, Physical Therapy assistant at Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics. Participants in the kid's race were handed medals as well as free bike helmets courtesy of the Healthy Neighbors Coalition.

The funds raised from the event will be used as part of Gundersen St. Joseph's Emergency Transfer Bag program. Emergency Transfer Bags are given to the families of emergency patients who are transferred to larger facilities when a higher level of trauma care is required. These transfer bags include a range of essential items such as toothpaste, toiletries, bottled water, gas card and a t-shirt.

"The transfer bags are the purest example of how we think here at Gundersen St. Joseph's," says Dan Howard, director of Marketing at Gundersen St. Joseph's. "We take care of others as if they were our own. Oftentimes, when individuals are transferred during an emergency, their family hasn't brought anything with them. By providing some simple necessities, like an extra t-shirt to sleep in, a granola bar in case they haven't eaten and an extra bottle of water, it makes things a little easier in what is often a disorienting situation."

Gundersen St. Joseph's would like to thank all who came to support the Labor Day Weekend Fun Run as well as those volunteers who helped make it happen. Special thanks to the event sponsors, Pro Blend Nutrition, Silent Sports Magazine, Farmers State Bank, Hawk High Dairy, Hillsboro Lions Club, Now 92.1fm, Smash Country, Hillsboro Drive-in, Hofmeister Insurance Agency, Peterson Pharmacy, Royal Bank, Seats, Inc., Rockton Bar, OSD Transport, Hillsboro Boy Scouts Troop 83, Hillsboro Area ATV/UTV Club, Hillsboro FBLA, Hillsboro County Market, Kwik Trip, Hotel Hillsboro, H.O.P.E., Danielle Gearhart, CEO, Gundersen St. Joseph's, and GoMacro.

Plans are already underway for next year's event which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1. Full results of this year's race are available online at

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