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25th Annual OMC Fun Run on April 25 to include 1.5 mile, 5k, 10k events

Early registration ends April 9

Everyone needs a hero but cancer patients need superheroes. The 25 th Annual Ozarks Medical Center Fun Run is pleased to present the Superhero 5K, 10K and 1.5 mile racing event on April 25, 2015. All races begin at 8 a.m. at the OMC Shaw Medical Building, home to the OMC Cancer Treatment Center. The funds from this event will go to support the OMC Cancer Treatment Center and local patients who are fighting cancer.

Organizers said in 2014 the event drew more than 650 participants and raised $10,000 for the OMC Cancer Treatment Center patients. This year, funds will benefit “Nurturing Hope: A Community Cancer Project.” The project includes the expansion of the center’s chemotherapy suite, the construction of a healing garden and the purchase of new technology.

“Over the years the OMC Fun Run has made a great impact in the lives of local patients fighting cancer,” said Ward Franz, Director of the OMC Foundation. “We hope to make this 25 th anniversary celebration of the Fun Run the largest event yet. All of the proceeds from the Fun Run stay in our community, supporting patients of the OMC Cancer Treatment Center. We appreciate all of the superheroes who will be coming out to the Fun Run to do their part in helping our community members in the battle against cancer.”


Registration for the Fun Run is now under way. Forms are available at OMC Public Relations, located at No. 23 Parkway Center. Online registration is available at are encouraged to form teams of five or more and receive a $5 registration discount. In addition, an early registration discount is available through April 9.


This year, the OMC Fun Run will have a superhero theme and participants are encouraged to show off their inner superhero. Individual and team awards will be given. Corporate awards are also available to teams who raise additional funds prior to the event.

“We encourage everyone to channel their inner superhero for the spirit competitions,” Franz said. “This is a great opportunity for individuals, families, children and organizations to participate in a fun event that benefits a wonderful cause.”

Overall and age group awards will also be presented to the top finishers in the 5K and 10K events.


A Superhero Fun Run Expo will be held 3 to 7 p.m. April 24 at the OMC Parkway Center. Participants and the public are invited to stop by the expo to pick up their race bib and t-shirts and visit the Fun Run vendor booths, including local fitness and health organizations. The expo will also include prizes and fun activities.

Booth space at the expo as, well as other Fun Run sponsorships, are available.

For more information regarding the 2015 Superhero Fun Run, call the OMC Public Relations Department at 417-257-6735.

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