There were 110 participants lacing up for the Strut, Stride, Straddle & Stroll Saturday morning.

Some walked with family and friends, including furry friends, supporting Blue Mountain Hospital Home Health and Hospice.

Organizer Sylvia Ross, who is director of Home Health and Hospice, said they went with a Cinco de Mayo theme because the event fell on May 5.

Eleven-year-old Grant Hall of John Day, the youngest half marathon runner, said this was his third time running one.

Participants could choose between running or bicycling 13 miles from Prairie City, 6 miles from Pine Creek Road, 4 miles from the old weigh station near Dog Creek Road or 1.5 miles from the Seventh Street Complex.

The youngest participant was 2-month-old Ellie Jacobs, riding as her mother, Jenny, pushed her in a stroller. The oldest participant was Virginia Miller with Team Chester’s Thriftway.

The walkers, runners and cyclists could choose to participate in memory of a loved one.

Ross said they have an account for donations reserved for hospice patients who don’t have insurance or whose insurance doesn’t cover all the expenses, as well as for training.

“I am always so grateful that people come out for the event, not only showing support for the community but for the hospice staff,” Ross said. “It’s at times a difficult job for the staff, so it’s great to see the community come out for a fun day and support the team.”

For more information about Home Health and Hospice, including volunteering, call 541-575-1648.


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