Trail Run Raises $8K For William Newton Hospital

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Wheat State Wine Co. presented William Newton Healthcare Foundation with a check for $8,000 following the 10th annual Wine-O Trail Run in May, according to a news release from the Winfield hospital.

Wheat State Wine Co. hosts the run each year and donates a portion of the proceeds to William Newton Hospital.

“We are privileged to have WSWCo. host this event for a decade now—their belief in and support for their local community hospital is impressive,” William Newton Healthcare Foundation Director Annika Morris stated. “It is a fun event, too. Plus, it’s a great excuse for a little fitness and a little indulgence. The event promotes health while also allowing people to be together and enjoy their local grapes.”

The William Newton Healthcare Foundation accepts a donation from Wheat State Wine Co. for a portion of the proceeds from the 10th Annual Wine-O Trail Run. From left: William Newton Hospital Interim CEO Brian Barta, Wheat State Wine Co. Owner/Winemaker Chris Tyler, William Newton Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Annika Morris, and Wheat State Wine Co. Director of Marketing and Events Lena Helms. (Photo by Kylie Stamper)

William Newton Healthcare Foundation provides philanthropic support to advance the mission and vision of William Newton Hospital as a community-based hospital serving local needs and enhancing the quality of life for area residents. These funds will benefit the Second Century Campaign, which supports William Newton Hospital’s long-term plan to expand facilities, meeting demands for access to healthcare in Cowley County and neighboring regions, the news release said.

Chris Tyler, Wheat State Wine Co. owner and winemaker, said the trail run is an event he looks forward to.

“People seemed to really look forward to the trail run,’ Tyler said. “It is one of the largest events at the winery every year; our calendar partially revolves around it. We always enjoy hosting, and we are glad that people enjoy finding a fun way to support local healthcare.”

This year’s event attracted 372 registrants from six states for its 10K run, 5K run, and 2-mile walk. Next year’s run is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2023.

Top finishers by gender are as follows:

10k:

Female: Jenn Miller, Ponca City, OK; Lisa Berscheidt, Ponca City, OK; Deana Shankle, Talequah, OK

Male: Trevor Smith, Winfield, KS; Alfredo Cuevas, Winfield, KS; Elliott Rodda, Winfield, KS

5k:

Female: Sasha Kuchinski, Wichita, KS; Kim Willse, Hutchinson, KS; Laura Kerschen, Wichita, KS

Male: David Hughes, Winfield, KS; Matthew Hoyt, Wichita, KS; William Hurl, McPherson, KS

The 10-year anniversary offered extra perks for race participants, WNH said.

Finishers received a special thank you gift from the William Newton Healthcare Foundation, and the winery treated guests to a free concert from local rock and country band Backrhodes after the races. A raffle for a quilt made from Wine-O Trail Run t-shirts throughout the years handmade by hospital employee Vickie Grow raised over $100.

To learn more about Wheat State Wine Co and its upcoming events, visit wheatstatewineco.com. To learn more about the Second Century Campaign, visit wnhfoundation.org/2ndcentury.

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