Wellness event a success

FORT KENT, Maine — In its mission to cultivate health and wellness within its communities, Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) held its first Spring-time event for kids and adults on May 13, 2017. The family friendly event, a 5K Superhero Run and Walk, was held in partnership with the Four Seasons Trail Association (FSTA) in Madawaska.

With the rainy season well underway, event organizers were pleasantly surprised with a dry and sunny day for the event. Alain Bois, NMMC Chief Operating Officer and event organizer said, “The FSTA volunteers did a tremendous job outlining a course that was dry as well as challenging for all levels of participants.” A total of fifty eight people from across the St. John Valley registered for the first time event – forty-six of them adults and twelve children, most of them dressed in the superhero theme. Even some family pets arrived in character for the event.

The Fort Kent Boy Scouts were on hand to organize a barbecue for participants at the end of the race. Winners in the children’s race were: first place, Micayla Haseltine, second place, Quinn Pelletier and third place, Brayden Pelletier. In the adult race, winners were: first place, Matthew Cyr, second place, Colin Jandreau and third place, Doug Cyr. Participants were also judged for best costume. Ashley Plourde won the best costume award for her super nurse costume, a cape which she created herself. Micayla Haseltine won best costume in the children’s category. With a positive response to the first time event, NMMC is considering bringing the Superhero run back as an annual event.

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