Lace up your running shoes and make a difference in the lives of local cancer patients at the 2011 Ozarks Medical Center Fun Run April 28.
The event is for all ages and includes a 5K run; 1.5 mile walk/run; and a Walk, Stroll, Crawl, Any-Way-You-Can-Finish race for ages 6 and younger.
All profits from Fun Run 2011 will benefit patients at the OMC Cancer Treatment Center.
According to OMC Cancer Treatment Center Director Richard Delgado, the funds help patients who are in need and are undergoing cancer treatment at OMC.
"The money raised at Fun Run can make a big impact in the life of someone who would otherwise be unable to afford to pay for gasoline to get to treatment or buy medication to help them fight their cancer," he said.
All race events begin at 6:30 p.m. at the OMC Parkway Classroom, next to Ramey Foods and Family Dollar in West Plains.
Prior to the race, beginning at 6 p.m., OMC Rehabilitation Services will host a free stretch clinic to help participants warm up for their event. The clinic, open to all participants, will be conducted by OMC physical therapists in the Parkway classroom.
Pre-registration entry fees for children 15 and younger are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the race. Adult registration is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the race. Participants can save $5 off each individual registration by forming a team of five or more. Teams will also have the chance to compete for a team spirit award.
There also is a family registration fee available for $50 in advance and $60 the day of the race. Family registration is designated for up to five immediate family members only and can not be used with the team registration.
Pre-registration forms are available at the OMC Public Relations office in the Parkway Shopping Center and online at www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/funrun.asp.
Pre-registrations must be received by 5 p.m. April 27 or participants can register the day of the event, beginning at 5 p.m., in the OMC Parkway classroom. In order to be guaranteed, participants must pre-register by April 11. The remaining t-shirts will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis, based on registration date and time.
In the 5K run, trophies will be awarded to the top five female and the top five male finishers.
Three medals will be awarded in each age division. Age divisions for the 5K event include: 9 and younger; 10-12; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; and 50 and older.
The 1.5 mile walk/run is a non-competitive event. The children's event is open to anyone 6 years of age and younger.
In addition to individual prizes and trophies, the athletic department of the school with the most students completing their event will receive $250. Student participants should list their school on the registration form.
West Plains High School cross country coaching staff will conduct the race and tabulate scores.
For more information regarding the 2011 Fun Run, call OMC Public Relations Department at 417-257-6735.