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Hundreds join Dignity’s Stroke Awareness run, health fair

Last Saturday morning close to a thousand people gathered at Dignity Health – Mercy Medical Center. The day would begin with their annual 5K Stroke Awareness Run and would continue with a Family Fun Day and Health Fair. Fun activities, interactive learning exhibits and free health screenings made for a full day at the hospital.

The 5K run is a fun way for the Merced community to help raise money for the hospital’s Primary Care Stroke Program. They have been awarded a Gold Seal of Approval by the Joint Commission, a national accrediting organization. Sponsorships and donations have contributed many thousands of dollars since its kick-off eight years ago. This year 640 people ran in the race, raising $22,500. The biggest earning team was QK5Kers, who raised $1,246.

All those competing were timed with chips and knew their times immediately. Winners for the 2019 5K Run are:

• Male 40 to 59: First 19:58.5 mins., Jason Garcia of Merced. Second 21:33.4 mins., Sevsio Arrate of Atwater. Third 21:53.3 mins., Juan Hernandez of Firebaugh.

• Female 40 to 59: First 22:27.7 mins., Gillian Viers of Merced. Second 27:04.0 mins., Jungmee Kim of Waterford. Third 27:20.1 mins., Elvira Mix of LeGrand.

• Male 60 and over: First 28:54.6 mins., Francisco Miranda of Merced. Second 33:43.3 mins., Alfred Johnson of Merced. Third 36:24.1 mins., Lonnie Hendricks of Merced.

• Female 60 and over: First 32:04.9 mins., Anna Nandipati of Merced. Second 32:35.5 mins., Ofie Cruz of Merced. Third 33:54.0 mins., Maria Oseguera of Merced.

• Male 20 to 39: First 20:24.9 mins., Sylvain Masclin of Merced. Second 21:19.0 mins., Naoya Tajikawa of Merced. Third 22:33.6 mins., Matt Schaffner of Livingston.

• Female 20 to 39: First 23:53.4 mins., Cecilia Bedolla of Merced. Second 24:00.0 mins., Krista Saxon of Merced. Third 25:35.4 mins., Jessica Adinolfi of Merced.

• Male 13 to 19: First 20:32.8 mins., Giovanni Garcia of Merced. Second 22:15.3 mins., Edrian Figueroa of Merced. Third 24:47.6 mins., Tito Granados of Merced.

• Female 13 to19: First 29:27.0 mins., Ellie Hamm of Merced. Second 29:37.4 mins., Andrea Hernandez of Merced. Third 29:52.7 mins., Savana Carrillo of Merced.

• Male 12 and under: First 21:18.2 mins., Kaden Llamas of Merced. Second 22:38.5 mins., Elisah Espinosa of Merced. Third 24:49.8 mins., Johnathan Benavidez of Le Grand.

• Female 12 and under: First 23:14.5 mins., Isabella Rodriguez of Merced. Second 22:17.7 mins., Lena Llamas of Merced. Third 25:42.8 mins., Emily Martinez of Turlock

“Thanks so much for all the support from the community every year,” smiled Lilian Sanchez, the hospital foundation’s lead organizer for the health fair.

Everyone who participated in the 5K run received an event T-shirt and a goodie bag with information about recognizing strokes.

Activities included a climbing wall, health screenings, and walk through inflatable body parts to help kids learn about anatomy. The Ballico Tri-Tippery food truck was there and serving.

For information, to become a sponsor, or make a donation for the Stroke Program or any other specialty at the Mercy Medical Center visit online at:

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