|Pancake dash and breakfast|
by Mary Atkinson · November 26, 2013
Despite periods of rain and cool temperatures, about 100 walkers, runners and volunteers gathered at the fairgrounds last Saturday for the first Pancake Dash 5K and breakfast.
The event, which also featured a free pancake breakfast and a silent auction, was sponsored by Community Bridge of West Liberty.
The route started at the fairgrounds and exited the back gate on to Walnut Street. It then headed north on Prairie Street, made a short run west on Fourth Street and then north again on Elm Street.
After making a right on Maxson Avenue, it turned east onto Calhoun Street eventually leading to the finish line, a.k.a. the front gate of the fairgrounds.
Scott Seeley of Dubuque won the overall race for males with a time of 18:56:30. Bob Thompson, 58, of Davenport placed second with a time of 19:47:60 and Andrew Thompson (no relation) came in third with a time of 20:04:47.
For the overall female division Grace Millage of West Liberty came in first overall with a time of 24:42:40. JinYeene Neumann placed second at 24:49:90 and Katie Giberson took third with a time of 24:56:86.
Event sponsor, Community Bridge, was formed a year ago by members of management at West Liberty Foods partnering with members of the company's Leadership Development Program.
It states that its mission is "to provide support and to enhance the lives of deserving members of the West Liberty Foods family, which includes team members, their families and the communities in which they live, work and play."
President Mindy Heick, Employee Relations Manager at WL Foods, said that there are two areas of interest for the organization.
"The first area is the community in which we exist as a company," she said, "The second area of interest is our team members and their families."
This past year, Community Bridge has provided money for new sidewalks at the Depot, downtown improvements, the Flickinger Learning Center, Committee for a Better Atalissa, Jubilee Community Center, and for employees of the company, and/or their dependent(s) for a life-threatening illness or injury.
It also helps with other situations such as natural disasters and other catastrophic or extreme circumstances.
Heick said that at this time the money raised from the Pancake Dash and the silent auction are not earmarked, but that it will go to the community in some way.