Great Bend Regional Hospital’s staff put a lot of effort into this year’s Human eMotion Event and all the hard work paid off, sponsors said. Five hundred eighty-seven participants and over 50 volunteers enjoyed a beautiful morning of running, walking and biking and raised more than $15,000 for the Family Crisis Center and Great Bend High School Future Business Leaders of America.
“Great Bend Regional Hospital has a strong commitment to the Family Crisis Center,” Administrator Pam Chambers said. “The hospital sees firsthand the need for the Crisis Center’s services and regularly partners with them to meet the needs of their patients and our community.”
Chambers said the hospital was also pleased to team up with GBHS Future Business Leaders of America, who offered the Color Run as a fun new addition to this year’s event.
“The Color Run brought in a new group of people that just wanted to go out and have fun running and walking,” Chambers said. “The run was not timed, so there was no pressure. It was so enjoyable to see everyone coming back colorful! It was just a great morning of feeling good about being part of the Great Bend community.”
Local professional athletes Cameron Chambers and Jackie Stiles participated in the day’s events. After their bike ride, they shared with the crowd an update on their dynamic lives. Both athletes challenged the group to stay committed to an active and healthy lifestyle.
For an event this size to be successful it takes a lot of help from different individuals, Chambers said. Paul Marshall performed the timing of the races. Jeff Stevens and Danny Reimer provided music and the sound system. Kathy Nokes was this year’s photographer, capturing all the fun.
Great Bend Police Department assisted with traffic at busy intersections and Grant’s Trash Service provided extra trash bins. The hospital’s Dietary Department served a breakfast buffet for participants and family members.