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26th Annual OMC Fun Run on April 23 to include 1.5 mile, 5K, 10K & Dog Show

26th Annual OMC Fun Run on April 23 to include 1.5 mile, 5K, 10K & Dog Show

Early registration ends April 8

Be someone’s hero. Everyone needs a hero but cancer patients need superheroes. The 26th Annual Ozarks Medical Center Fun Run is pleased to present the Superhero 5K, 10K and 1.5 mile racing event on April 23, 2016. 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 “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. “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.”

Couch to 5K ~ Class Starts February 22

New this year! Ozarks Medical Center is offering FREE Couch to 5K training! Participate with groups or workout on your own with the Couch to 5K phone app. At the end of the 8-week program, you will be ready for your Fun Run event! All Couch to 5K participants will receive a free “Superhero in Training” t-shirt in addition to their Fun Run t-shirt. To sign up, attend the Couch to 5K Information Session on Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the OMC Parkway Center or drop off you Fun Run Race Registration Form to the OMC Public Relations Department (located in OMC Parkway Center) before Friday, February 19 at 5:00 p.m. The workout schedule is Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with your choice of 6 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. beginning Monday, February 22 at Carmichael Track. In case of inclement weather, workouts will be held inside the West Plains Civic Center on the walking track.


Registration for the Fun Run is now under way. Forms are available at OMC Public Relations, located at No. 23 Parkway Center, or download a form at Online registration is available at Participants 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 8.


This year, the OMC Fun Run will have a superhero theme and participants are encouraged to show off their inner superhero. Trophies will be awarded in the 5K and 10K events to the five overall male and female finishers. Medals will be awarded to three male and female finishers in each age division, who are not in the top five overall.

Superhero spirit awards will also be awarded to one child, one adult and one team. These awards are given to those who demonstrate the most spirit on race day. Spirit judging will take place near the start line at 7:40 a.m. You must be present for the judging in order to win.

West Plains Bank (last year’s Corporate Team Award winner) has issued a challenge to the community encouraging other businesses & groups to find creative ways to support the Cancer Treatment Center prior to the Fun Run! Join your co-workers or teammates in a fundraiser. The team who raises the most money will be awarded the Corporate Team Award, a special award to display at your business or organization. All donations must be collected and turned in by the close of the Superhero Expo at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 22. The winner will be announced during the Fun Run Awards Ceremony on April 23.

“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.”

Expo & Packet Pickup ~ April 22

The Superhero Fun Run Expo will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 22 at OMC Parkway Center, Willard Hunter Classroom. Participants are encouraged to pick up their bags and visit race vendors at the Expo. A registration table will also be available. Participants in the 5K & 10K must still check in the morning of the race to receive their timing chip. Participants must pick up their own packet unless they have made arrangements prior to April 22 by calling 417-257-6737 or e-mailing Booths are available for businesses wishing to showcase their services or products to our race participants. For more information about booth space or to become a corporate sponsor, contact Melissa Smith at 417-257-6737.

Carb-Loading Dinner ~ April 22

New this year! Don’t worry about dinner for you or the family the night before the race! Enjoy the convenience of grabbing dinner after you pick up your bib and visit the race vendors at the Expo. Cost is $10 each and includes pasta, sauce, meat, and salad. Proceeds support the OMC Cancer Treatment Center.

Dog Show & Costume Contest ~ April 23

New this year! Bring the pooch out for a fun morning! If you want to participate in a walking or running event with your dog, a registration form must be completed and entry paid for yourself and your dog. To just enter your dog in the Dog Show or Costume Contest, pay the $5 registration fee for your dog. The Dog Show and Costume Contest will begin at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Shaw Building. You may sign up for the Dog Show and Costume Contest the morning of the event by 9:30 a.m.

For more information regarding the 2015 Superhero Fun Run, call the OMC Public Relations Department at 417-257-6737.

West Plains Bank has issued a challenge to area businesses and organizations to out-fundraise their Super Hero Team this year for the OMC Fun Run Corporate Award. West Plains Bank was the 2015 winner of the OMC Fun Run Corporate Award for raising the most money prior to the Fun Run. West Plains Bank employees competed in an “Egg Russian Roulette” to raise money for the OMC Cancer Treatment Center. Bank employees carried out challenges to one another by smashing eggs on their foreheads, not knowing whether the egg was raw or hard boiled. West Plains Bank employees pictured above are front row, from left: Robin Coldwell, Deposit Services Assistant/Teller; Katie Price, Broadway Branch Senior Teller; Cheryl Allmon, Broadway/Bradford Branch Deposit Manager (helping with trophy); Karen Smith, Senior Customer Service Representative (helping hold trophy). Back row, from left: Kate Tyree, Retail Banking Intern; David M. Gohn, President/Chief Operating Officer; Tessa Burden, Loan Processing Trainee (holding trophy); Ann Marie Newberry, Vice President/Director of Retail Banking and Marketing.

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