Runners & Walkers Come Out for 2018 Strides for Health 5K


Close to 200 individuals participated in the 12th Annual Strides for Health 5K held at Allegan General Hospital on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Events included a 5K run/walk and one-mile kids fun run. Participants ranged in age from as young as one in the kids fun run, up to 79 in the 5K.

For the second year in a row, Blane Johnson (Allegan, MI) was the overall male winner. Blane was the first person to cross the finish line at 16:52. Drew Meinecke (Royal Oak, MI), who crossed the finish line at 17:53, was the second overall male winner. The third overall male winner was Calvin Chopp (Allegan, MI), who crossed the finish line at 18:00. Doug Muenzer (Allegan, MI) was the overall male masters’ winner with a time of 20:03.

Kate Meinecke (Royal Oak, MI) was the overall female winner for the second year in a row with a time of 20:12. Erin Schneider (Allegan, MI) was the second overall female winner with a time of 24:06. The third overall female winner was Charity Vanderlaan (Holland, MI). Charity crossed the finish line at 24:13. The overall female masters’ winner was Molly Lacy (Allegan, MI) with a time of 25:51.

A complete listing of 5K race results can be found at  For photos and videos from the event, visit

Strides for Health 5K Run/Walk is a put on by the Allegan General Hospital Foundation, Allegan Public Schools’ Sideline Cheer, and Allegan Public Schools’ Women’s Swimming and Diving Program. The goal of the Strides for Health 5K is to help maintain and improve the health of the community and raise awareness about the alarming risks of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death among men and women. For more information, please visit or

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