More than 200 runners and walkers participated in the Grand River Gallop on April 6.
Running conditions were near perfect, which encouraged the highest attendance in the event's 14-year history. Elli Chamberlain (three months) was the youngest to cross the 5K finish line - albeit under her parents' stroller power - and Betty Steinen walked the 2K at age 84. This inter-generational race has become a favorite as the slow rise and fall of the course caters to all skill levels.
The race is the second in the Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series. Runners accumulate points based on their times in their respective age groups.
The overall winner was once again Josh Hejtmanek, who missed his winning time from last year by half a second. For the women, Dana Peterson was first to cross the 5K finish line.
More than $15,000 was raised to benefit Grand River Health Meals on Wheels. This year, $1,500 of that will be donated to Grand River's new Shapedown program, a weight-loss and life changing program for children.