You may know that we at Neogen are in the food and animal safety business, but did you know we’re also now experts in organizing races? Well, maybe not experts, but we have two under our belt now.
This year saw the second annual Neogen 5K, a walk/run in Lansing, Michigan that raises money for Sparrow Health System’s Herbert-Herman Cancer Center. The center, which opened just last year, bears the name of Neogen founder and executive chairman James Herbert.
This year, over $20,000 was raised for the cancer center by race sponsors, participants and donors. A total of 231 participants — including two wearing full-body T-rex suits — walked and ran from Oak Park in front of Neogen’s headquarters in downtown Lansing, through the city’s Eastside neighborhood, and looped back up to the park.
The fastest runner, with a finishing time of 15:34, was Griffin Bohannon — coincidentally the nephew of former Neogen president and chief operating officer Lon Bohannon. The fastest Neogen employee runner was Ryan Weaver, lateral flow manufacturing chemist, at 20:03.
Many thanks to individuals from Neogen, from Sparrow and from the community who volunteered their time and money to support the race, as well as a local cancer center that truly makes a difference.
Next year’s race is scheduled for May 11, 2019. As we plan the event, connect with us on social media using #Neogen5K for the latest information on how to register or sign up as a volunteer — and check out the cool pics posted by runners and walkers (dinosaur-costumed included) this year.