The ninth annual Bubby's Race was run Sunday, May 26, in Ewing, during FunFest weekend.  

Cancer survivors were recognized with a circle of hope prior to the start of the 5K run and one mile walk.

Survivors attending included Bev Eggers, Bev Sparr, Mary Ann Biddlecome, Algene Thramer, Betty Jean Funk Breay, Cindy Jakubowski and Karen Rotherham.

Bev Eggers was the winner of a quilt made by Barbara Peitzmeier from Bloomfield.  

Kylie Sisson, of Norfolk, kicked off the event by playing the guitar and singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”   

The race, started in memory of Beverly "Bubby" Thramer, of Ewing, had 200 registrations, 76 walkers and 49 runners.  

Nathaniel Jennings, of O’Neill, was the overall male winner with a time of 17:27.

Jennings competed in the 19-29 division.

 Tessa Hain, of Neligh, crossed the finish line in 20:14, as the overall female winner.

She participated in the 19-29 division.

Division winners included Meg Schluns and Ashton Higgins, 18 and under; Melinda Bruns and John Heiliger, 30-39; Mandy Spangler and Cole Hilker, 40-49; Janette Kerkman and Bob Musil, 50 and over.

As a result of registrations and over 100 sponsors, checks were presented to Antelope Memorial Hospital, Neligh, and Avera St Anthony’s Hospital, O’Neill, in the amount of $4,125 each.  

Gayle Carlson accepted on behalf of Antelope Memorial Hospital and Amy Langan received the check for Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital.

Funds raised will be used in the chemo/cancer department at each hospital.

Almost $70,000 has been presented to the hospitals over the past nine years from the Bubby’s Race event, bringing people together to support the fighters, admire the survivors and remember those we have lost.    

Next year’s Bubby’s Race - the 10th annual edition - will be held Sunday, May 24.

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