Diaper Dash & Brunch Bash draws nearly 200

The 10K medalists with
The 10K medalists (all photos on www.facebook.com/pricecuttercc)

Jacob Bennion and Constance Adamski won their respective divisions in the 10K while Mitch Furtkamp and Tonya Versteeg did the same in the 5K on Saturday in the inaugural Diaper Dash & Brunch Bash at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

The event drew nearly 200 and was a fundraiser for the PGA Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, with the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks among the PCCC’s 49 charities.

The brunch was from Gailey’s Breakfast Café, and CoxHealth was among several sponsors.

“We’re really excited. It was everything we dreamed and more,” said Jill Bright, the founder of the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks, which provides 75,000 diapers a month to 86 agencies across the Ozarks. “We thank the community for pulling this together.”

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Bennion, a junior at East Newton High School, won the men’s division in 39 minutes, 9.69 seconds on  day when 166 runners competed and meandered through Highland Springs Country Club. Eric Stormer (41:34.22) placed second, and Devin Adamson (42:43.08) placed third.

Adamski won the women’s 10K in 44:06.92. Trina Wilcox (47:52.54) and Jessica Kolde (47:52.54) placed second and third, respectively.

The 5K winners
The 5K medalists

Furtkamp won the men’s 5K in 17:45.21 while Trevor Chocey (20:50.7) placed second, and Greg Wilke (21:52.98) placed third.

Versteeg won the women’s 5K in 21:12.54 while Katie Wright (21:15.37) and Celia Huff (27:27.89) placed second and third, respectively.

“I just really like running and thought it’d be fun and for a good cause,” said Bennion, who made the more than hour drive to Springfield. “We were just looking for some 10K runs and I thought, ‘This looks like fun.’”

Adamski was just looking to better her time.

“I love to push myself to my limits and coming out here really, ultimately, helps me reach my goals,” Adamski said. “And it’s a good cause.”

This Saturday: Support the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks

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For families and runners, it’s a chance to compete in a 5K, 10K or 1-mile walk as well as enjoy brunch, inflatables and face-painting.

For the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks – and all 49 Ozarks children’s charities – it could mean so much more.

That’s why the non-profit is excited about the inaugural Diaper Dash & bRUNch Bash, set for 7 a.m. Saturday beginning at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. It’s an event of the PGA Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, which is benefitting 49 charities this year, including the Diaper Bank. CoxHealth is among the sponsors, and Gailey’s Breakfast Café is serving breakfast.

To register, visit DBODIAPERDASH.ORG.

“We are the voice of that baby that cries,” said Jill Bright, Executive Director of the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks.

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The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks, which joined the PCCC this year, has made quite an impact since Bright founded it six years ago. Her hope was to assist low-income families.

It now supplies diapers to 40 partner agencies in Greene County and 46 rural partners in 32 southwest Missouri counties. Additionally, it offers a cloth diaper loan program, noting that it reaches 150 families and helps each save $1,000 on diaper expenses.

All this for an organization that employs the equivalent of two full-time staffs and a full-time volunteer, Bright.

In her office, she has a poem that reads, in part:

“To us this is just a diaper … To our families it is so much more … It is reassurance that my baby can go to daycare so that I can work and bring home a paycheck.”

For years, Bright was eager to partner with the PCCC as a way to boost Diaper Bank as a household name, and now look. Saturday marks the first brunch bash in Springfield and continues the PCCC’s annual fun run, which is back at Highland Springs Country Club for the first time since 2014.

The course will run through Highland Springs, and brunch follows. In fact, it includes Mother’s Brewing beverages and mimosas for adults. Faux-mosa stations will be on the course. For children, the event features inflatables and face-painting after the run.

Entry fees are $30 for the 5K, $35 for the 10K and $20 for the mile walk/run. Add $5 for race-day registration, which runs from 5:30 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. All participants receive a T-shirt and medal, with trophies to the top three men and women in both the 5K and 10K.

“This event is so exciting for us because of the old and the new,” said Kari Norris, Marketing and Branding Director of the PCCC. “We are happy to be back ‘home’ running the event out of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, running through Highland Springs, excited to have Gailey’s back involved with the event as well as Cox. We also are very excited about all of the new things. The new brunch element of the event, the new sponsors and the new relationship with Diaper Bank of the Ozarks.”