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RRFS celebrates great 2018 season

With 11 events in the books, the Republican River Fitness Series wrapped up the 2018 season with an award banquet Saturday night at Sehnert's Bakery

Tess Brown of Palisade accepts the 2018 Michelle Walter’s Memorial Award, which includes Michelle’s motto, “If not now, when?”


The awards recognized those who placed in the top five of their age divisions, which range from 19 and under to those 60 and over for both men and women’s divisions.

Those who participated in at least nine of the 11 events were also recognized and will receive RRFS jackets for their efforts throughout the year. Those included: Rinlee Blomstedt, Grant Wells, Jackson Blomstedt, Axel Blomstedt, Ashley Ambrosek, Staci Blomstedt, Brandi White, Julie Schultz, Sara Wells, Beth Anderson, Amanda Felker, Rose Cayer, Sharon Beiber and Tess Brown.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Michelle Walter’s Memorial Award to Tess Brown. Now in its’ third year, the award is presented to the person or family who best exemplifies Michelle’s spirit, her enthusiasm, her passion for life and her philosophy: If not now, when?

Tess struggled with several medical issues during 2018, but remained faithful to an active lifestyle and making as many of the fitness series events as possible, not even letting a flat tire on the drive from Palisade derail running the Zombie Run in October. Tess also encouraged others to participate in the fitness series and maintained a positive, uplifting attitude throughout the year and at every race.

The Republican River Fitness Series is a collaboration of the McCook YMCA and Community Hospital, along with support from MNB Bank and Acme Printing. The series seeks to promote an active and healthy lifestyle in McCook and Southwest Nebraska through fun, yet competitive events.

The calendar for the 2019 is being finalized, but first up will be the YMCA/Knights of Columbus Shamrock Shuffle on the afternoon of Saturday, March 23 at the KC Hall.

There is no charge to be part of the fitness series. Anyone who participates in a RRFS event is automatically part of the fitness series and is eligible for year-end age-group and participation awards. For more information about the fitness series and a complete listing of the top age-group finishers, visit the website, www.republicanriverfitnessseries.com.

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