EWING — The ninth annual Bubby's Race was held Sunday, May 26 during the Ewing Funfest weekend. Cancer survivors were recognized with a Circle of Hope prior to the start of the 5K run and 1 mile walk. 

Survivors attending were Bev Eggers, Bev Sparr, Mary Ann Biddlecome, Algene Thramer, Betty Jean Funk Breay, Cindy Jakubowski and Karen Rotherham. 

Eggers also was the winner of the quilt that was made by Barbara Peitzmeier from Bloomfield.  

Kylie Sisson of Norfolk kicked off the event by playing the guitar and singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."   

The race, which was started in memory of Beverly "Bubby" Thramer of Ewing, had more than 200 registrations, 76 walkers and 49 runners.  

Nathaniel Jennings of O'Neill  was the overall male winner with a time of 17:27 in the 19-29 division.

Tessa Hain of Neligh crossed the finish line in 20:14 as the overall female winner in the 19-29 division.

Other division winners included Meg Schluns and Ashton Higgins, 18 and under; Melinda Bruns and John Heiliger, 30-39; Mandy Spangler and Cole Hilker, 40-49; and Janette Kerkman and Bob Musil, 50 and over.

As a result of 200 registrations and more than 100 sponsors, checks were presented to Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh and Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill, in the amount of $4,125 each.  

Accepting the check on behalf of Antelope Memorial Hospital was Gayle Carlson. Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital donation was accepted by Amy Langan. Funds raised will be used in the chemo/cancer department at each hospital. Almost $70,000 has been presented to the hospitals over the past nine years from the Bubby’s Race event.   

For nine years this event has brought people together to support the fighters, admire the survivors and remember those we have lost.    

Next year’s Bubby’s Race will be the 10th annual event and is set for  Sunday, May 24, 2020.

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