Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, fifth annual Hospital Hustle on Saturday attracted 116 participants—not counting numerous dogs and youngsters in strollers. Event organizer Pam Fink, RN, was pleased with the turn-out and said the intermittent rain showers didn’t dampen spirits in the least. The event served as both a community fitness and free-will fundraiser. The Mother’s Day weekend event benefits the Family Birthing Center. Fundraising proceeds will not be calculated until early in the week, but the large donation jar at the healthy snack/sign-in table was nearly full with bills and checks. Money raised is used to purchase safe-sleep sacks, a swaddling garment, for each of the babies born at the hospital, which welcomed 336 newborns last year.The participants took the course in three groups: 5K runners, One Mile runners, and One Mile walkers.
5K Run Results
First overall among the male runners was Kyle Barnett, a student at OJ DeJonge Middle School in Ludington, with a time of 18:15. Running step-for-step with Kyle was second finisher Caiden Cudney, of Manistee Middle School, at 18:16.
Setting the pace for female runners was Noelle Fink, of Manistee High School, with a time of 20:49.
One Mile Run Results
Jordan Fink finished first, with a time of 5:45, achieving his goal of running a sub-six minute mile. Lexie Sanford was first among the female runners, with a time of 7:35.
All who entered received a participation medal. They started and finished in the hospital parking lot, with the 5K runners going almost to Oriole Field before turning and heading for the finish line.