Abbey Trails celebrates anniversary with 250+ friends

Conception, Mo. – The 25th anniversary Abbey Trails 5K Run / 2-Mile walk brought guests from near and far to Conception Abbey on Saturday, May 7 to celebrate health and wellness.
Saturday morning boasted beautiful weather for more than 250 people participating in the walk, run, health fair, and brunch.
The 5K course began at the Abbey’s circle drive entrance and went north on 136 to just north of Jefferson C-123 school, and back. The two-mile walk course included four laps around the Conception Abbey campus.
We are physical, intellectual, and spiritual beings, and Conception Abbey acknowledges exercise as an important factor in maintaining a balanced and healthy life. Abbey Trails allows the monks and seminarians of Conception Abbey and Conception Seminary College to promote their values of health and wellness with the event’s participants.

“We had a great turnout and everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves,” said Trish Wiederholt. “It was so nice to reconnect with friends we hadn’t seen in a while and to welcome others attending their first Abbey Trails. We enjoy hosting participants from the region to promote health and wellness.”
The proceeds from Abbey Trails are used to promote healthy lifestyles among the monks and seminarians of Conception Abbey and Conception Seminary College and in the surrounding communities.


Event Results

Trevor Fisher, a seminarian at Conception Seminary College, was the overall winner in the men’s category, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 20:20.33.
Shayla Murphy was the overall winner in the women’s category, completing her run in 21:17.27.
The age-group first-place winners in the men’s 5K run were: Sunxi Lugo (0-13); Collin Thielen (14-19); Daniel Martin (20-29); Rev. Paul Sheller, OSB (30-39); Greg Pargas (40-49); A.L. Adair (50-59); Scott McMillen (60-69); Larry Davison (70+).
The age group first-place winners in the women’s 5K run were: Kensington Sturdy (0-13); Grace Fields (14-19); Ashley Mattson (20-29); Melanie Meyer (30-39); Gina Sturdy (40-49); Ruth Regehr (50-59); Cindy Williams (60-69); Melba Mier (70+).
In the two-mile walk, participants estimated their completion time before the event and winners were determined by accuracy.
The age group first-place winners in the men’s two-mile walk were: Leo Ackley (0-13); Nathaniel Boyd (14-19); Andrew Sherry (20-29); Sam Ogden (30-39); Travis Reed (40-49); Tom Patterson (50-59); Steven Bishop (60-69); Fr. Chuck Tobin (70+).
The age group first-place winners in the women’s two-mile walk were: Violet Strueby (0-13); Kendal Straub (14-19); Karissa Holtman (20-29); Amy Ackley (30-39); Devin Reed (40-49); Sharon Meyer (50-59); Jane Walter (60-69); Kathy Lipiec (70+).

See a full listing of results here.

Find event photos here.
In the Corporate Challenge, Nodaway Valley Bank took the Corporate Challenge traveling trophies for both the fastest average time in the 5K run and most overall participants and Nucor won the trophy for closest average time to estimated time in the 2-mile walk.

Next year’s Abbey Trails event is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2023. Watch for details on Conception Abbey’s website, www.conceptionabbey.org/abbeytrails.