The third annual Human eMotion Event brought in over 560 people to help raise money for the Family Crisis Center and Great Bend High School’s Future Business Leaders of America.
Great Bend Regional Hospital played host to the event.
While a large number of participants ran or walked in the Color Run, some competed in the 5-kilometer and 1/2 marathon. Great Bend Regional Hospital played host to the event.
Others, like competitive mountain biker Cameron Chambers and 2001 WNBA Rookie of the Year Jackie Stiles participated in the 25- or 62-mile bike rides.
“It was great weather,” Chambers said. “A really fun loop, getting to go out. I haven’t been up to Cheyenne Bottoms in a while. Getting to go around the edge of that was nice.
“For Barton County, that’s about as hilly as it gets, we had some nice little rollers. It was a great day.”
Chambers, who lives in Colorado, had to head home to compete in a mountain bike competition today.
“We’re jetting out of here and going back,” Chambers said. “The Cross-Country Mountain Bike Championship start tomorrow in Colorado Springs. I’ll be racing that (today) at 3.”
Stiles, who has competed in the run in both the first and second Human eMotion Event, said that an injured ankle and hamstring led to her choosing to ride a bike this year.
“I’ve done the run the first two years, but unfortunately, I’m too beat up with my injuries to do the run,” Stiles said. “It was a lot of fun, biking with a legend in Cameron. I told Cameron to help get me through it, so basically, I stuck on his wheel the whole time. It was a lot of fun.”
Stiles, now an assistant women’s basketball coach at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., said she always enjoys participating in the event.
“I love it,” Stiles said. “First of all, any chance I get to come back to Kansas, to get home is great. Two, I like staying active. I love running. I love biking, so I love to come back for a great cause.
“I always tell people, I wouldn’t be where I am today, I wouldn’t have done the things athletically if I hadn’t grown up here with the support I had.”
The top 3 in the 5K and the 1/2 marathon received medals.
Kerby Deppenbush won the men’s 5K in a time of 17 minutes, 35.5 seconds. Juan Garcia finished second (17:35.9) and Mark Pohlman took third (18:13.4).
Heather Hoffman was the top finisher in the 5K in the women’s division at 21:09.0. Kylie Crawford captured second (22:30.5) and Marcia Williams finished third (22:34.4).
A pair of 2013 Great Bend High School graduates who ran track for the Panthers, Chon Chavez and Kole Stiner, finished 1-2 in the men’s 1/2 marathon. Chavez clocked 1:26:45.3, Stiner timed (1:46:10.2) and Jim McMullen placed third (1:49.19.4).
In the women’s division, Marcy Wagner finished first at 1:53:50.6. Jessica Ferguson took second (1:55:14.7) and Kelly Hart claimed third (1:59:48.9).