Running Strong Through the Sage

Sage Coulee Wellness/Outreach Center Sponsors XCountry Race and Promotes Future Champions

Written by Logan Davis

The 1st Annual MHA Nation Sage Coulee Chairman’s Cross Country Championships shined a spotlight on the up and coming running stars. With family and fans cheering them on, a good number of youthful distance runners took to the course that ran over the land east of the new MHA Nation Sage Coulee Wellness/Outreach Center in Bismarck. 

Chairman Mark Fox paid tribute to the dedicated staff members and volunteers who made the meet possible thanking them for the hard work it took to plan the event and setting up the course. The MHA Nation Chairman said he was impressed by the quality of the course and was also pleased to be a part of such a positive event in his welcome address last Saturday. LeeAnn Brady sang the national anthem with a moving rendition before the runners lined up in the first division matchup. Safety protocols were followed throughout the duration of the event. 

“As we all know, MHA has had many champions in both cross country and track and there are some of them standing here this morning,” declared Chairman Fox. “We want to encourage and support healthy activities and events like this. With that support from everyone, including the parents, we will continue our historic legacy of champions at MHA and I sincerely appreciate all of the work that went into this event by Damon Brady and the Sage Coulee Wellness and Outreach staff, the MHA Beautification Program and everyone who had a hand in making this meet possible. I look forward to more meets here at this spot in Bismarck and more development of this good land here – land that our MHA Nation owns now. We are standing on land that will help produce some great runners in the future.” 

The meet was highlighted by many young runners who competed for the first time. The meet was initially for grades 4-6, but there were a number of much younger children who stepped up to the starting line and ran the new Sage Coulee course. There was one energetic youngster about four years old dressed in a snowmobile suit because it was cold that morning. It was not your typical running gear, but the young warrior ran a nice steady pace and when he hit the finish line, the excitement in his eyes was evident and smiles and cheer were everywhere for him and every young runner who crossed the finish line.  

“This is the first-ever meet but we are looking to have another big one in the spring,” said Damon Brady, who coordinated the cross country meet. “We wanted to do something good and positive for our younger runners. That age group who ran on Saturday have been omitted at other meets because of the limitations that are in place right now because of North Dakota becoming a hot spot for the COVID virus. We took all the necessary precautions at our meet but what we wanted to do was to introduce these young ones to running and hopefully motivate them and enjoy all the great benefits that go with running over a lifetime.” 

Chairman Mark Fox welcomed the people on a chilly Saturday morning before the cross country race began in Bismarck
Reyne Moore kept up a great stride that sent her to first place in the 5th grade division
Tekoah Hood burned up the 1600 meters he ran at a blistering pace
It was a true photo finish between Eva Knight and Shayla Hogan but Hogan won by a split second
A proud grandfather with his two favorite runners after they won their ribbons
The national anthem sung by LeeAnn Grady was amazing and began what was a great cross country meet for the youth at Sage Coulee on the northern edge of Bismarck

Damon Brady is the Exercise and Fitness Specialist at the MHA Nation Sage Coulee Wellness/Outreach Center. He is planning to have ‘virtual runs’ that will be conducted online for grades Kindergarten through 3rd grades beginning this Friday, October 23 and the runners will have until November 3rd  to complete their runs.

“All they have to do is to get the app on their phones and we will have a flyer out soon that will explain how to get that app and take part in the virtual run,” noted Brady. “We are happy with the meet on Saturday and how it gave people a chance to get out. The way we laid it all it out, it was a very fan-friendly course where everyone could see the entire race. The tribal chairman’s cross country championships were a success, so we want to make sure this is something we can build upon.”

Anthony Bauer of Traditional Fire Catering donated 100 breakfast burritos and orange juice for the runners and fans.

1ST ANNUAL SAGE COULEE CHAIRMAN’S XC CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

4TH GRADE GIRLS 800 METERS

1ST PLACE-GABBY GOOD BEAR 6:05

2ND PLACE JESSA BRADY-6:55

3RD PLACE-PEYOTE BRADY-7:35

4TH PLACE- LINDA KROUPA-7:52

5TH PLACE-MARJORIE KROUPA-7:59

6H PLACE-MIA BAKER-8:10

4TH GRADE BOYS 800 METERS

1ST PLACE-YATES WHITE BUFFALO      4:24

2ND PLACE-KAYDEN SAUNSOCI 6:40

3RD PLACE-FOX PRICE 8:30

5TH GRADE GIRLS 800 METERS

1ST PLACE-REYNE MOORE 4:56

2ND PLACE-SHAWNEE BRADY 6:08

5TH GRADE BOYS 800 METERS

1ST PLACE-KHALIQ AUSTIN 4:34

6TH GRADE GIRLS 1,600 METERS

1ST PLACE-SHAYLA HOGAN 8:14.32

2ND PLACE-EVA KNIGHT-8:14.98

3RD PLACE-NORA KLEIN 12:36

6TH GRADE BOYS 1,600 METERS

1ST PLACE-TEKOAH HOOD-10:05

SCHOOLS IN ATTENDANCE: SHILOH, LEWIS AND CLARK ELEMENTARY, THEODORE JAMERSON ELEMENTARY, CENTENNIAL ELEMENTARY, NEW TOWN, HORIZON, AND FORT LINCOLN