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More than 1300 runners race through streets

race3By Jenny Johnson
The annual Red October Run sponsored by Oakwood Hospital was a success this year. A total of 1,333 runners and walkers of all ages participated in the four different races including the 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk and the 1 Mile Jr. October race.
“We had a great turnout, and there were a number of course records set this year,” said Cynthia Cook, community benefits coordinator for Oakwood Healthcare. She organizes the event every year.
The race, which begins at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital and winds through the nearby Wayne neighborhood, is designed to promote health and fitness to families and to attract runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.
The youngest 5K run finisher was 6-year-old Kenna Farmer of Canton, while the oldest was 81-year-old Michigan running legend Harrison Hensley of Pinckney. Hensley is the founder and director of the popular Run Thru Hell event and he’s run about 80 races so far this year.  The youngest 10K finisher was 13-year-old Nicole Gadon of Canton. The oldest was 74 Virendra Mehta from Wayne, who finished the race in 1:18:00.
The top finishers were:
In the Men’s 10K run, Colby Lowe of Southlake, TX, set a course record with a time of 31:20, which is a pace of 5:03/mile.
For the women’s 10K run, Stephanie Smith of Detroit also set a course record with a final time of 38:57, good for a 6:17/mile pace.
Eric Loveland, of Dundee, set a course record in the Men’s 5K with a 16:17 finish, a pace of 5:15 minutes/mile.
Kimberly Peterson of Farmington Hills was the top female finisher in the 5K run with a time of 16:17.
Rick and Shelly Huber of Montrose, MI, were the top finishers in the men’s and women’s 5K walk, respectively. Rick’s 28:06 finish was also a course record. Shelly came in at 34:02.

For complete race results, visit www.oakwood.org/redoctoberrun.

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  1. Glenda Weiss

    News Releases Using the Life’s Little Questions 4-H Recruitment Campaign

    Date: September 17, 2014

    Glenda Weiss, Wayne County 4-H Program Coordinator, 734-729-3632 x 101; weissgle@anr.msu.edu


    Wayne County – Michigan is filled with talented and passionate people with a wealth of skills, knowledge and expertise. Thousands of young people in Michigan 4-H need caring adult volunteers with those same skills to guide their way. To interest more adults in giving their time and talents to help Michigan youth, the state has launched a 4-H volunteer recruitment campaign.

    A program of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, Michigan 4-H is the largest youth development program in the state. Each year, the program provides more than 200,000 young people with opportunities to explore new interests, gain new knowledge, enhance their expertise and discover their passion while learning valuable life skills that prepare youth for the future. Helping to make this possible are caring volunteers who give their time and talents to lend a hand, provide guidance and answer life’s little questions along the way.

    In Wayne County, roughly 1466 youth are actively engaged in roughly 50 4-H clubs and special interest activities with more than 41 volunteers giving their time. Though the impact of these volunteers is great, the need for additional 4-H volunteers is mounting. Specifically, volunteers are needed in Wayne County to assist with supporting our youth in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programming, visual arts, performing arts, fashion design, woodworking, gardening, veterinary science and many other areas.
    “Volunteers are the cornerstone of 4-H,” says Julie Chaplin, director of MSU Extension children and youth programs. “They engage the kids in healthy, hands-on learning opportunities and act as positive adult role models who teach youth critical life skills. Without volunteers, we wouldn’t have the resources to help these youth become responsible and active members of society.”

    Interested volunteers can give their time in a variety of ways: 4-H programs range from animal science to career preparation, clothing and textiles to science and technology, and performing arts to youth entrepreneurship. Some of the ways Wayne County volunteers contribute are by leading a club that will pass on your skills, mentor a youth in STEM Programming, teaching a one day workshop, or assisting with 4-H programming in an after-school program, just to name a few. With so many great ways to give one’s time, there’s a 4-H volunteer opportunity for everyone.

    “If you want to make an impact on the next generation, becoming a Michigan 4-H volunteer is one of the best ways you can do that,” said Glenda Weiss, Wayne County 4-H Program Coordinator. “You don’t have to be a parent or even related to a 4-H’er to get involved. Anyone can volunteer, and it’s a great opportunity to make your mark on the next generation.”

    Learn how you can get involved by visiting http://4h.msue.msu.edu/volunteers or by contacting Glenda Weiss at the Wayne County MSU Extension Office at 734-729-3632 x 101 or weissgle@anr.msu.edu.

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