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Pictured are the group of runners and their support group who either met them at the Muddy Cup or traveled with them. They made it to Woonsocket at around 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, a group of runners taking part in The 437 Project made a stop at The Muddy Cup in Woonsocket while on their way across the state. The runners joined together to create The 437 Project with the mission to bolster both physical and mental wellness and the often overlooked connection between the two. 

The runners started in Belle Fourche and ran the 437 miles across the state to Sioux Falls in a relay-style format. They started on Thursday, Sept. 22 and ended on Sunday, Sept. 25. There were 12 runners in the group – six men and six women. They each ran 10-mile sections four times with long resting periods between each of their sections. 

With the idea that suicide used to be such a private and personal subject that no one liked to talk about, the runners ran to raise awareness for the new accredited service for suicide prevention that has licensed counselors on staff to help anyone in a suicidal crisis. People all over the state can call or send a text to 988 to be connected to experts in suicide prevention.

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Hope Baysinger won Champion Poultry at the Best of the West Show with her Black Cochin Cockerel.

The fourth annual “Best of the West” county showcase was held in Wessington Springs on Sunday, Aug. 14. Thirty-three counties were invited to take part in the event. Youth from Sanborn County represented the county well at the showcase. Delaney Zoss of Forestburg earned Champion in Rabbits, Reserve Champion in Market Lambs and Fifth Overall in Breeding Goats. Cooper Goldammer of Woonsocket was named Reserve Champion in Breeding Swine. Emmitt Feistner of Woonsocket placed Third Overall in Market Swine. Hope Baysinger of Woonsocket claimed Champion in Poultry. Henry Feistner of Woonsocket got Fourth Overall in Poultry. Gavin Scofield of Woonsocket placed Third Overall in Dairy Cows. 

…See more pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

This summer’s motocross season at the Sioux Valley Cycle Club’s (SVCC) course near Renner was a good one for local riders. This past weekend was the last race for the season, and all the local riders brought home hardware to add to their collections. 

Hayden Eagle earned fifth place in the women’s novice division, and her brother Dayton Eagle placed fourth in the supermini race and third in the 85cc ages 12-15 competition. They are the children of Chad and Gena Eagle of Woonsocket.

Jett Johnson placed fourth in the open small wheel class. At the competition prior to this past weekend’s, he earned fifth place in the open 4-6 age group and second in the small wheel class. He is the son of Andy and Shelby Johnson of rural Woonsocket.

Sury Bechen moved up in size of bike she rode for the last race of the season and rode an 85cc in the women’s novice class and finished in third place. According to Sury’s mother, Sury also got the holeshot in the first moto. (According to Wikipedia, “The holeshot is a term used in motocross to describe or reference the first racer to get through the apex of the first turn. Getting the holeshot gives the rider a huge competitive advantage and some level of control in the race.”)

Sury’s brother, Shay Bechen, also raced the 85cc bike in the ages 12-15 class and finished third place overall, and in the Supermini class, he earned second place overall. He got a holeshot on Sunday, too. Shay and Sury are the children of Trevor and Lacy Bechen of rural Letcher.

In the A class competition for the SVCC Hare Scrambles for the entire season, Tim VonEye of Woonsocket earned top honors, finishing in first place overall for the season, while his son, Evan VonEye, earned third place overall.

Despite a few injuries here and there, it was a fun and successful year for the group who have turned motocross racing into a fun, family pastime.

…See pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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