On Saturday, May 5, 2017 the JTD Hospital Foundation held its fifth annual Landen’s 5K, a run/walk for SIDS awareness in St. Marys, Ohio.  With many avid runners and walkers and skies filled with sunshine, this family friendly event was off to a great start.  All in attendance were there in support of raising awareness about SIDS and Safe Sleep. This uplifting family friendly event is also held annually to provide a yearly $1,000 nursing scholarship to someone from our community in memory of little Landen Phlipot.

The day began with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner followed by race instructions from Committee Chair, Tracy Smith.  Can’t Stop Timing Co. provided the chip timing service for the 5K and created a fun atmosphere for our participants.  Information regarding Safe Sleep was provided prior to the race to the crowd by Amy Becker, Manager of the Birthing Center at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.  Along the race route our runners and walkers were also able to read facts about SIDS and Safe Sleep.  Overall male winner was Craig Stuttler with a time of 18:51.6.  Overall female winner was Jill Engel with a time of 23:59.7.  Adult School Challenge Champions were from St. Marys Middle School and included Mary Miller, Liz Hinker, Mariah Krugh, and Krissy Frye.  Student Team Challenge Champions included Ft. Loramie Elementary and Minster Elementary Schools.  Other medals were awarded to the top three places in male and female finisher by age group.

A sincere thank you to our sponsors: Presenting Sponsor HEAL;  Supporting Sponsors G-W Tool and Stryker;  Challenge Sponsors Effie’s Boutique and the Looking Glass Salon & Spa in Minster;  Friend Sponsors Tracy Smith, Dana Herman, Dr. & Mrs. Aganon,  Kiwanis Club of St. Marys,  Biggby Coffee,  Jason E. This, Attorney at Law,  New Bremen & St. Marys Dairy Queen,  Adorable Stitches,  Superior Credit Union,  Jeff Vossler and Dr. Thomas Zegarski. Thank you to Dannon for providing yogurt and Wagner’s IGA for providing the fruit for our runners and walkers. And, thank you to the many donors of raffle prizes for this event. A special thank you to Joey Phlipot and HEAL for their very successful online auction which contributed significantly to the success of this event.

The net proceeds from Landen’s 5K have been used to establish the Landen Phlipot Nursing Scholarship. Taylor Bergman from New Bremen received this $1,000 scholarship in 2017.  The 2018 recipient will be announced in June. Times and pictures from that day can be found on the Can’t Stop Timing website and their Facebook page.

Linda Haines, Executive Director of the JTD Hospital Foundation states, “The 2018 Landen’s 5K Committee should feel very proud of this accomplishment.  Thank you, Tracy Smith for chairing this committee.  Thank you to committee members Joey Phlipot, Amy Becker, Jenni Miller, Lesia Arnett, Eunice Ernst, and Carrie Widman and to the many volunteers who helped with Landen’s 5K.”

If you were unable to be at Landen’s 5K, but you would still like to contribute, gifts may be made to the JTD Hospital Foundation.  For more information, please contact Carrie Widman at 419-394-3387, ext. 3567.