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Nearly 140 participants participated in the Go Pink Fun Run/Walk at Beatrice Community Hospital, Saturday morning.

Those who participated were encouraged to wear pink at the run for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Participants had the option of running or walking in the 1 mile or the 5K. Winners of the 5K race were divided up by men and women.

The top three women runners were Heidi McClintock, who took first, Michelle Kolm in second and Angie Roschewski in third. For men, Ashton Barber was first, followed by Jared Humble in second and Joe Smith in third.

BCH marketing assistant Kristen Scheele said that the hospital just wants to encourage people to be aware of breast cancer and to live a healthy active life.

“Today is really just about getting out, being active, being healthy but also about having the consciousness of awareness of breast cancer,” Scheele said.

This is the event's second year, but BCH has held other activities in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the past.

Jesse Young, BCH’s diagnostic imaging director, said that the hospital used to put on an event called Evening in Pink, but replaced that event with the run to get more people involved.

“That’s where we came up with the idea of having a run, as really something the community could get involved in,” Young said.

The run is a way for the hospital to not only draw awareness to breast cancer but also encourage women to keep their health in mind, officials said.

Along the route of the run, BCH members put out signs that had information about breast cancer and drawing attention to the screening equipment BCH has.

Mike Hahn, wellness program specialist at BCH ,said that encouraging early screenings is a big part of BCH’s wellness philosophy.

According the Scheele, the hospital is also teaming with Community Players later in the month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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