St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Hosted “Rock ‘n’ Roll Red Fun Run & Walk” on August 29th
(Grinnell, IA – September 2, 2015) The Seeland Park campus was buzzing with energy and excitement on Saturday, August 29th as St. Francis Manor and the Seeland Park community hosted the Rock ‘n’ Roll Red Fun Run & Walk. This was the third annual event held on the Seeland Park campus and it was rockin’! The morning kicked off with opening remarks from Jevohn Miller, former Iowa State University linebacker and great-grandson of Seeland Park resident Jane Sorensen, followed by warm-up exercises led by St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Fitness Specialist Kristin Kahn.Approximately 225 people from infants to a 102-year-old participated in the three races! With the help of fantastic volunteers from the Grinnell College Student Athlete Activities Committee (S.A.A.C.) and the Grinnell High School football team, 38 St. Francis Manor residents were able to participate in the Buddy Walk. The following top male and female finishers in each race received awards: 2-mile—first place male: Sam Simon, first place female: Haylee Pagliai; 1-mile—first place male: Kerry Deeter, first place female: Alison Madren; and Buddy Walk—first place male: Marty Wright, first place female: Debbie Kline.
Following the races, participants enjoyed refreshments and snacks donated by Hy-Vee Food Store and even more fun. Members of the Parkettes taught the crowd three line dances that got people on their feet and moving to the music! The Seeland Park bocce ball court was packed with spectators as well as new players eager to learn the game. “The most heart-warming part of the event was watching the young people interact with seniors and learn how to line dance and play bocce ball. It was truly a delight to see the older people and the younger people genuinely enjoying their time together. The goal of the event was not only to get active, but to also create bonds between older adults and the young people of Grinnell,” said event coordinator Kristin Kahn. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
The following sponsors helped to make this event a success: Bushong Construction Company in Montezuma, Hy-Vee Food Store in Grinnell, and ABC Sign & Display in Urbandale.