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Local events focused on suicide prevention
Courtesy photo John Makings, Rhythm Makings and a sponsor, leads the warm-up drum circle before the Golden Belt Glow For Life 5K run/1 mile walk Sept. 18.
Courtesy photo Loved ones gather for a time of remembrance after the Pedal for Prevention Bike Ride at Veterans Memorial Park on Sept. 17.

September was Suicide Prevention Month. Barton County held two events to bring awareness to the community. 

On Friday, Sept. 17, the Pedal for Prevention Bike Ride in Remembrance of Devin was held. Over 150 riders participated along the route beginning at Brit Spaugh Park and ending at Veterans Memorial Park.  A Time of Remembrance with s’mores was held at the west shelter.  

On Saturday, Sept. 18, the ninth-annual Golden Belt Glow For Life 5K run/1 mile walk was held at Veterans Memorial Park. In all, 100 participants gathered for the event. Sponsor Organizations included G.B. Psychiatric Services, Barton Community College, Rhythm Makings, Results Realty, Heart of Kansas Family HealthCare Inc, Aetna Better Health of Kansas and Darin’s Auto.   

Many organizations were represented by participants of the Central Kansas Partnership, including #Zero Reasons Why Central Kansas, The Center for Counseling & Consultation, Kansas Children’s Service League - Healthy Families, Juvenile Justice Authority, Stepping Stones, Barton Community College, and Rise Up Central Kansas to name a few.

Glow for 

Life 5K 

run results 

19 and Under Male

1st - Dawson Chavey 20:46

2nd - Jonathan Beers 21:27

3rd - Jake Swan 22:45                                     

19 and Under Female

1st - Emma Holuska 44:06

2nd - Alyston Perez 45:46

20-29 Male

1st - Justus Hampton 24:13

2nd- Bradley Little 26:23 

3rd - Chance Costello 45:17

30-39 Female

1st - Lexi Ukens  41:37                              

2nd - Tabitha Holuska 44:14                          

3rd - Rachel Clawson 46:44

40-49 Male                                                        

1st - Daniel Kiewel 22:45                                        

40-49 Female                                                                            

1st - Shelly Swan 29:29                                                                             

2nd - Amber Schamlzned 30:05

3rd - Charity Muth 43:46

50-59 Male

1st - James Wright 21:27

50-59 Female

1st - Dixie Divis 30:20                                                         

2nd - Michelle Bryant 49:08                                 

70-79 Male

1st - Jim Kiewel 43:48