Bring the family to explore challenging, fun obstacles on a run through Kimmel Orchard’s beautiful scenery.
The 8th annual Growing Great Kids Adventure Race will kick off at 9 a.m. on Aug. 17, benefiting the Growing Great Kids in Southeast Nebraska program – a partnership with CHI Health St. Mary’s and the Southeast District Health Department.
The Growing Great Kids program helps support families and promotes healthy child development.
Through free home visitations, community resources, activities and information, the program provides peace of mind for new and expecting parents from the prenatal phase until their child turns three.
This 2019 adventure race will be a mini walk or run, totaling about a mile in distance.
The event is not timed and is open to all ages. Participants can modify or skip obstacles based on athletic ability.
Youth ages 14 and under will receive a participation award.
This year’s 3-mile adventure race had to be canceled due to flooding at Kimmel Orchard.
In response, creative obstacles have been added to the course to ensure an exciting challenge, said Traci Reuter, Healthy Communities /Foundation Coordinator for CHI Health St. Mary’s.
According to Reuter, Eric Poggemeyer is creating several new obstacles as part of his Eagle Scout project.
Mead Lumber is helping him out by providing lumber “so we can have a fun race through the orchard this year,” she added.
The course will feature 4-foot and 6-foot walls, a mud pit, and a redneck water slide, said Reuter.
Registration is now open and is $10 per person without an event t-shirt or $20 per person with a t-shirt.
Additional family members can be added for $5-10.
Participants are asked to register by Aug. 4 to ensure adequate participation awards are on hand, said Reuter.
“The race helps promote family wellness, raise money for Growing Great Kids, and gives people a chance to enjoy beautiful scenery in the orchard,” said Reuter.
The Growing Great Kids Adventure Race is made possible thanks to our contributing partners at Ambassador Wellness Center, Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard, Blums Frames and Engraving, Catron Camp and Retreat Center and the Southeast District Health Department.
Register online at or mail registration and payment to:
CHI Health St. Mary’s Foundation
Attn: GGK Adventure Race
1301 Grundman Blvd.
Nebraska City, NE 68410
CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities.
Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 14 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities, more than 150 employed physician practice locations and more than 12,000 employees in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa.
In fiscal 2018, CHI Health invested more than $179.3 million back into our communities. The majority of those dollars went to caring for the poor and underserved.
CHI Health is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people.
It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health.
CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care.
With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states.
In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs.