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Friday, May. 10th 2019

Conception’s Abbey Trails welcomes more than 250 participants

Conception, Mo. – The 24th annual Abbey Trails 5K Run / 2-Mile walk brought guests from near and far to Conception Abbey on Saturday, May 4 to celebrate health and wellness.
Saturday morning was cool, clear and brisk, creating perfect weather for more than 250 participants, an increase of about 25 from 2018.
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.

“This event continues to thrive each year, and for that we are grateful,” said Trish Wiederholt. “We enjoy hosting participants from the region to promote health and wellness. Next year is the event’s 25th anniversary, so we look forward to another outstanding year in 2020.”
The proceeds from Abbey Trails are used to promote healthy lifestyles among the monks and seminarians of Conception and in the surrounding communities.

Event Results
John Paul Hartnedy, a seminarian at Conception Seminary College, was the overall winner in the men’s category, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 18:27.49.
Shayla Murphy was the overall winner in the women’s category, completing her run in 20:32.91.
The age-group first-place winners in the men’s 5K run were: Noah Doolittle (0-13); Xavier Schmidt (14-19); Brent Potliska (20-29); Rev. Paul Sheller, OSB (30-39); Jon Doolittle (40-49); Steven Klassen (50-59); Dave Carlson (60-69); Larry Davison (70+).
The age group first-place winners in the women’s 5K run were: Iris Alvarez (0-13); Lindsey Barnes (20-29); Bridgett Pearce (30-39); Anali Mathies (40-49); Sally Bowman (50-59); Julie Spiking (60-69); Melba Mier (70+).
Citizens Bank and Trust in Maryville, Missouri, was the winner of the Corporate Challenge 5K, taking home the traveling trophy.
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: Isaac Jensen (0-13); Aaron Kerns (14-19); Bradley Rankin (20-29); Travis Reed (30-39); Anthony Cordaro (60-69); Br. Thomas Sullivan (70+).
The age group first-place winners in the women’s two-mile walk were: Emma Reed (0-13); Stephanie O’Brien (14-19); Brittany Shipp (20-29); Candy Roberts (30-39); Stephanie Patterson (40-49); Sharon Strueby (50-59); Janet Daniels (60-69); Dorothy Nelson (70+).

See a full listing of results here.
Nodaway Valley Bank took the Corporate Challenge traveling trophies for both the two-mile walk and most overall participants.
Next year’s Abbey Trails 25th-anniversary event is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020. Visit Conception Abbey’s website, https://www.conceptionabbey.org/monastery/abbeytrails/, for a complete listing of event participants and their finish times.

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