The runners have crossed the finish line in the eighth Wolfson Children’s Challenge, marking another successful year for the much-loved fundraising event that honors children who have benefited from the life-saving and life-changing services the hospital provides.
More than 3,000 people participated in the day of festivities, 1,900 of whom ran on January 28 at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The breakdown of the races included: 11 solo runners in the 55K Ultra Marathon Individual Run; 47 in the 30K Individual Run; 144 Ultra Relay teams made up of between 2 and 11 participants; and nearly 320 runners in the 1-Mile Fun Run.
The top three male finishers in the 55K Individual Run were Dan MacGregor, 46, of Jacksonville; Adam Holmes, 39, of Middleburg; and Ed Ferrell, 53, of Greyson, GA. The top three women were Jennifer Joy, 47, of Jacksonville; Bambi Pennycuff, 39, of Jacksonville; and Natalia Terreros, 36, of Jacksonville.
In the 30K Individual Run, the top three male finishers were Batch Batchelder, 41, of Jacksonville; Scot Jezik, 46, of Ponte Vedra Beach; and Gregory Umberger, 60, of Jacksonville. The top three women were Lindsey Riggs, 45, of Jacksonville; Jessica Jewell, 35, of Orange Park; and Alexandra Helgesen, 43, of St. Simons Island, GA.
The top three 55K Ultra Relay Men teams were PRS Dream Team, Running For Luke and Team Savannah 2. The top three 55K Ultra Relay Women teams were Bellas Diamonds, Team Kane and Run Like A Mother 2. Finally, the top three 55K Ultra Relay Coed teams were Iron Oaks – Frederica, Optimum Healthcare IT 2 and Plantation Oaks Racing.
Those who came out enjoyed live performances by Karate America, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ D-Line and the band flipturn, fun activities sponsored by Home Depot, Gator Clowns, Bubbles Are My SuperPower, Microsoft, Space Walk of Jacksonville, Girly-Girl Partea’s and others, and delicious barbeque from 4 Rivers Smokehouse.
The Wolfson Children’s Challenge telethon held on January 19 at WJXT TV4 was also successful, raising a record-breaking $66,000. Proceeds from the Challenge, with the match from Baptist Health, will contribute more than $400,000 to the Wolfson Children’s Challenge endowment, funding the purchase of life-saving trauma equipment and technology for our most critical patients. For more information, please contact Baptist Health Foundation, 904.202.2919.
The family-oriented Wolfson Children’s Challenge is a major fundraiser for Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the region’s only not-for-profit pediatric referral center which serves tens of thousands of children of all ages each year. The hospital includes centers of distinction in cancer, congenital heart disease, neurosciences, gastroenterology and behavioral health, as well as many other services.
To date, the event has raised nearly $3 million for life-saving technology for children.