MOUNT MORRIS, N.Y., Oct. 18, 2023 — County employees and their friends and families recently gathered in Al Lorenz Park in Mount Morris to compete in the 12th Annual Livingston County SHAPE 1K & 5K Family Fun Walk/Run. More than 40 competitors took part in the County-run event, which brought runners through the park’s scenic trails and around the County’s Murray Hill campus.
Taking home first prize in the 5K run was the Department of Health’s Pete Swarts. Close behind him was Margaret Betette, also from the Health Department. Third place went to Fred Ingalls, family member of an employee. The 5K walker placement included Janice Hamilton, family member; Darren Hamilton from Veteran’s Affairs, and County Historian Holly Watson.
The top 1K runners included Lucy Martin, Nicki LaVerde, and Norah Martin, all family members of County employees. The top 1K walkers were Jaycey Wheaton, family member; Stacey Bennett, Department of Health; and Michele Rees, Board of Supervisors.
At the event’s conclusion, all participants received a race-themed t-shirt along with a box lunch meal provided by the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. Seven lucky winners received prize baskets donated by employees from the Sheriff’s Office, Department of Social Services, County Historian, County Clerk and DMV Offices, Records Management, Department of Health, and Human Resources.
Employees from the SHAPE (Supporting Health Awareness Programs for Employees) worksite wellness program organized the event. The SHAPE committee expressed appreciation for the many volunteers from County EMS, the Sheriff’s Office, Medical Reserve Corps, Central Services, and emcee Bill Mann, Deputy County Administrator, for making this event possible. SHAPE focuses on promoting and supporting the physical and mental well-being of each individual employee and their family. SHAPE is committed to empowering employees to make personal choices that promote optimal health and to also create a culture of total wellness in the workplace.
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Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.