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Annual OMC Superhero Fun Run draws 482 participants

Annual OMC Superhero Fun Run draws 482 participants

Event raises over $10,000 for the Cancer Treatment Center

A total of 482 individuals participated in the Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Superhero Fun Run, raising over $10,000 for the “Nurturing Hope: A Community Cancer Project” which will expand the chemotherapy area in the Cancer Treatment Center. The 26th annual Fun Run included 5K, 10K, 1.5 mile, and dog show events with a super hero theme and was held April 23 at the OMC Shaw Medical Building.

“Everyone needs a hero but cancer patients need superheroes and we can’t thank the community enough for their involvement in the Fun Run and being superheroes for our patients,” said Ward Franz, OMC Foundation Executive Director. “We had an outstanding turnout.”

Trophies were given to the top five male and female finishers in the 5K and 10K, as well as medals to the top three finishers in each age category. In addition, three spirit awards were given. Winning the team spirit award was the Wrinkle Avengers, a Mary Kay team led by Molly Williamson; the Adult Spirit Award went to Pearl Hunter; and the Youth Spirit Award went to Maren Thompson.

This year’s corporate fundraising award went to West Plains Bank who raised $1060 for the Cancer Treatment Center prior to the Fun Run.

For more information about the Fun Run or OMC events, call OMC Public Relations at 417-257-6737.

Award Winners

In the 5K and 10K run, trophies were awarded to the top five female and the top five male finishers.

Top 5 male finishers in the 5K:

  1. Tommy Keller – 21:19
  2. John Tollenaar – 21:46
  3. Aaron Evans – 22:34
  4. Vince Beam – 22:38
  5. Kyler Gunter – 23:04

Top 5 female finishers in the 5K:

  1. Melinda Ray – 22:16
  2. Lisa Cropper – 23:06
  3. Kate Tyree – 23:37
  4. Jordan Tollenaar – 24:42
  5. Sue Hudson – 25:32

Top 5 male finishers in the 10K:

  1. Landon Franz – 42:35
  2. Mike Walker – 47:41
  3. Bryce Bowen – 51:34
  4. Stan Dennison – 51:47
  5. Rob Tune – 56:14

Top 5 female finishers in the 10K:

  1. Jayna Gunter – 46:42
  2. Daphnie Dollins – 48:42
  3. Kaylee Lambe50:20
  4. Ashley Hart – 52:15
  5. Maggie Gohn – 52:16

Fun Run Letter to the Editor

The Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center and Foundation would like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to the 482 individuals who registered for the 2015 Superhero Fun Run, held April 23. Thanks to your generous support, the event raised over $10,000, which will go toward the expansion of OMC’s Cancer Treatment Center. We appreciate everyone who ran or walked, formed a team or cheered along, or showed their dog. Your participation will make a difference in the lives of individuals in our community.

A special thank you to the following individuals and businesses.

  • The volunteers including West Plains High School Cross Country Team, MSU-WP Grizzly Volleyball Team, Americorps Volunteers, and many OMC employees who worked water stations, handed out t-shirts, helped register participants and made this event possible
  • Boyce & Bynum for being our Superhero Corporate sponsor
  • Race sponsors: All Pet & Equine Supply, Animal Clinic of West Plains, E-Communications, Edward Jones Investments, Flo Fitness, Ozark Radio Network, University of Missouri Extension, Cross Fit SoMO, Don’s Auto Service, Hart Family Eyecare, Howell County Health Department, McFarland Spine & Sport, MSU-West Plains Pool & Fitness Center, United Country Realty, and West Plains Greenhouses & Nursery
  • Our booth sponsors who participated in the Fun Run Expo: Burton Creek Medical Complex, The Buzz, Cochran Sales, and Pacific Beach Tanning & Fitness
  • The West Plains Police Department, West Plains Fire Department, South Howell County Ambulance and the OMC Security Department for their assistance with course safety
  • The City of West Plains for their support
  • Dennis Crider for marking the course
  • Theresa Speake for leading the stretching clinic
  • The OMC Nutrition Department for the finish line fruit
  • The Downtown Merchants for providing space for the water stop
  • TJ Temple for providing super balloons at the race expo
  • The local newspapers and radio stations for their support and publicity
  • The Fun Run Planning Committee: Melissa Smith, Dennis Crider, Ashley Hart, Christina Hardman, Chris Henson, Elizabeth Montgomery, Josh Drummond, Kathy Delgado, Melissa Tate, Phyllis Papp, Theresa Speake, Gay Stover, and Ward Franz.


Ward Franz

Executive Director

OMC Foundation

10K Overall Finishers: Left to right: 1st Place Landon Franz, 2nd Place Mike Walker, 3rd Place Bryce Bowen, 5th Place Rob Tune. (Not pictured, 4th Place Stan Dennison)

10K Overall Finishers: Left to right: 1st Place Jayna Gunter, 2nd Place Daphnie Dollins, 3rd Place Kaylee Lambe. (Not pictured, 4th Place Ashley Hart, and 5th Place Maggie Gohn)

5K Overall Finishers: 1st Place Tommy Keller. (Not pictured: 2nd place John Tollenaar, 3rd Place Aaron Evans, 4th Place Vince Beam, and 5th Place Kyler Gunter)

5K Overall Finishers: Left to right: 1st Place Melinda Ray, 3rd Place Kate Tyree, 4th Place Jordan Tollenaar, and 5th Place Sue Hudson. (Not pictured: 2nd Place Lisa Cropper)

Team Spirit Award went to the Wrinkle Avengers. Pictured left to right: Sheila Robison, Katie Johnson, Molly Williamson, and Tina Hansen.

Pearl Hunter won the Spirit Award for the adult category.

Maren Thompson, daughter of Corbin and Lindsey Thompson, won the Spirit Award for the youth category.

West Plains Bank won the Corporate Fundraising Award raising $1060 for the Superhero Fun Run.

The OMC Superhero Fun Run Committee, front row: Elizabeth Montgomery and Christina Hardman. Back row: Kathy Delgado, Gay Stover, Theresa Speake, Melissa Smith, Ashley Hart, Melissa Tate, Josh Drummond, and Phyllis Papp. Not pictured: Dennis Crider, Chris Henson, and Ward Franz.

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