Runners & Walkers Come Out for 2019 Strides for Health 5K


Over 175 individuals participated in the 13th Annual Strides for Health 5K held at Allegan General Hospital on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Events included a 5K run/walk and one-mile kids fun run.

Neal White (Wayland, MI) was the overall male winner. Neal was the first person to cross the finish line at 16:34. Drew Meinecke (Royal Oak, MI), who crossed the finish line at 16:51, was the second overall male winner. The third overall male winner was Blane Johnson (Allegan, MI), who crossed the finish line at 17:06. John Brady (Mattawan, MI) was the overall male masters’ winner with a time of 20:15.

Kate Meinecke (Royal Oak, MI) was the overall female winner for the third year in a row with a time of 20:37. Paula Chalupa (Otsego, MI) was the second overall female winner with a time of 22:19. The third overall female winner was Sara Djerf (Otsego, MI). Sara crossed the finish line at 23:52. The overall female masters’ winner was Charity Vanderlaan (Holland, MI) with a time of 24:43.

A complete listing of 5K race results can be found at

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. For more information, please visit or

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