Annual 5K has good turnout

Dr. Alisa Schmidt helps participants register for the Hillsboro Community Hospital's Annual Heart and Sole 5K. Regina Warren/Special to the Free Press
Dr. Alisa Schmidt helps participants register for the Hillsboro Community Hospital's Annual Heart and Sole 5K. Regina Warren/Special to the Free Press
On Saturday, October 20, the Hillsboro Community Hospital held their 4th Annual Heart and Sole 5K run.

“Every year we pick a family or someone in need of financial help as the beneficiary of this race,” said Executive Assistant of Human Resources Olivia Robinson.

This year’s beneficiary was Roger Ryder who is suffering from stage 3 pancreatic cancer. Ryder, his wife Joyce, and their two daughters, Jessica and Heidi, were in attendance on Saturday.

“I thought it went pretty well. My wife and daughter walked along with it,” said Ryder. “It was really nice of someone to do something for us, because our family has been in a time of great need.”

Around 25 people participated in the race. Between the sign up fees and donations, HCH was able to raise $990 for the Ryder family and a raised bed garden to help feed patients and staff of the hospital.

“We would love to see more kids next year since our turnout was 7 this year,” said Robinson.

Volunteers included Karol Hunt who did the timing, Ben Schmidt rode his bike to help assist anyone in need and hospital staff. Police officer Jesse Hiebert also spent time patrolling to help out.