14th Annual Abbey Trails draws 266 participants

April 4, 2009:  Abbey Trails draws 266 participants 

The dreary April weather did not stop 266 participants from showing their support for Conception Seminary College's Wellness program and their own enthusiasm for exercise.  156 walkers participated in the 2-mile walk and 110 runners fought the strong eastern wind in the 5K (3.1 mile) race.  Familiar faces of former Abbey Trails competitors, as well as newcomers, filled St. Raphael Hall before the 9:00AM starting time.  Light precipitation fell softly upon the ground, but that was not about to stop anyone from taking part and enjoying the morning.


Seminarians of Conception put forth a good showing in the 5K race, making up 27 of the 110 total runners.  Not only did many seminarians participate, but they also took 7 of the top 10 finishing times.

1st Place 18:58 Brian Carrillo (Diocese of Wichita)
2nd Place 19:35 Andy Mattingly (Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph)
3rd Place 19:47 Br. Paul Sheller, O.S.B. (Conception Abbey)
5th Place 20:33 Eric Martin (Diocese of Jefferson City)
6th Place 20:35 James Galbraith (Diocese of Jefferson City)
7th Place 20:40 Justin Hamilton (Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS)
8th Place 20:41 Bob Rodgers (Diocese of Cheyenne)

The women’s overall winner was Lindsey Derr of Burlington Jct., MO who finished at 22:15, followed by Sara Reames, of Maryville, MO at 22:54.

The age-group winners in the men’s 5K were: Kelly Gregory (13 and under); Justin Hamilton (14-19) Andy Mattingly (20-29); Mike Hartman (30-39); Seth Watkins (40-49); Kelly Speer (50-59); Mike Pattavina (60-69) and Don Nelson (70 and up).

The age-group winners in the women’s 5K were: Brea Yates (13 and under); Sarah Regan (14-19); Brianne Hunter (20-29); Kelsi Huseman (30-39); Sara Reames (40-49); Novice Nancy Gucwa (50-59).

The age-group winners in the men’s 2-mile walk were: Nate Doolittle (13 and under), Blaine Klaasmeyer (14-19); Kevin Stock (40-49); Fr. Samuel Russell (50-59); Lawrence Boettcher (60-69); Thomas Maloney (70 and up).

The age-group winners in the women’s 2-mile walk were: Kelli Schieber (13 and under); Meghan Klaas (14-19), Amber Beloate (20-29); Rebecca New (30-39);  Jeanette Schieber (40-49); Betty Grace (50-59); Sharon Dredge (60-69); and Mildred Lepley (70 and over).

The money from Abbey Trails will help fund the Wellness Program, which was created in 1987 to support positive health practices in the seminary and surrounding communities by teaching the skills needed for physical, emotional and spiritual well being. The program is open to the public and offers racquetball, aerobics, weight training and other activities. This year's event raised $7,780 for the Wellness Program.

Next year’s Abbey Trails is scheduled for April 24, 2010.

For more information on Abbey Trails or the Wellness Program, contact Jarrod Thome at (660) 944-2823, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BELOW:  A group of seminarians race in their "Protect Life" shirts. Run4TheirLives is a group of runners dedicated to promoting the culture of life through a simple message stated on their running shirts.  Pictured from left to right:  Brian Buettner, Br. Paul Sheller, OSB, Michael Allen Lopez, Eric Martin, Justin Hamilton, Andy Mattingly, Andy Walsh and Bob Rodgers) 


Photos courtesy of seminarian J.B. Kelly

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