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Over $8,000 raised for Local Cancer Patients at 27th Annual OMC Superhero Fun Run

Over $8,000 raised for Local Cancer Patients at 27th Annual OMC Superhero Fun Run

Despite the weather, 365 signed up to participate in the 27th Annual Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Superhero Fun Run on Saturday, April 22. Over $8,000 was raised for the Emergency Fund of the OMC Cancer Treatment Center, a fund that is used to offer assistance to OMC cancer patients who need help with medication and travel expenses. The 27th annual Fun Run included a 5K, 10K, 1.5 mile, and dog show events with a superhero.

“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 appreciate everyone who came out in the cold and rain and participated.”

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, four spirit awards were given. Winning the Adult Team Spirit Award was the Rack Pack, the Youth Team Spirit Award to Ozark Christian Academy “Team Brinkley,” the Adult Spirit Award went to Dakota Phegley, and the Youth Spirit Award went to Brady Hicks.

This year’s Corporate Fundraising Award went to West Plains Bank who raised $2,500 for the Cancer Treatment Center prior to the Superhero Fun Run by hosting a bake sale and the Sumo Showdown.

For more information about the Superhero 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. Luke Morrison – 22:22
  2. Andrew Cooper – 23:43
  3. Tommy Keller – 23:50
  4. Gannon McGinnis – 23:53
  5. Sergey Kharitonov – 24:57

Top 5 female finishers in the 5K:

  1. Nikki Morrison – 29:14
  2. Mary Claire Gohn – 29:36
  3. Tiara Martin – 31:19
  4. Shelby Hicks – 31:53
  5. Lesley Brigman – 31:59

Top 2 male finishers in the 10K:

  1. Kyler Gunter – 46:52
  2. Rob Tune – 51:55

Top 5 female finishers in the 10K:

  1. Jordan Tollenaar – 46:50
  2. Jayna Gunter – 47:08
  3. Alexis Barber – 47:34
  4. Sue Hudson – 53:53
  5. Hope Smith – 57:01

Fun Run Letter to the Editor

The Ozarks Medical Center Foundation and the OMC Cancer Treatment Center would like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to the 365 individuals who registered for the 2017 Superhero Fun Run, held April 22. Thanks to your generous support, the event raised over $8,000, which will go to the Emergency Fund of the OMC 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 Boys & Girls Club, Howell County Juvenile Office Community Service, and many OMC employees and community members who worked water stations, handed out t-shirts, helped register participants and made this event possible
  • Race sponsors: All Pet & Equine Supply, Crossfit SoMO, E-Communications, Edward Jones Investments, Hiland Dairy, Keller Williams-Linda Carter, Ozark Radio Network, United Country Missouri Ozarks Realty, and West Plains Family Chiropractic
  • Booth Sponsors: Burton Creek Medical Complex, Cochran Sales, and Flo 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 preparing breakfast for the concession stand
  • The Downtown Merchants for providing space for the water stop
  • TJ Temple of TJ’s Super Balloons for providing the balloons
  • DJ IMH for providing the music
  • The local newspapers and radio stations for their support and publicity
  • The Fun Run Planning Committee: Melissa Smith, Chair; Christy Chambers; Dennis Crider; Shae Criswell; Regina Eades; Ward Franz; Erin Gibbs; Christina Hardman; Chris Henson; Josh Drummond; Kathy Delgado; Phyllis Kupfer; Theresa Speake; and Gay Stover


Ward Franz, Executive Director

Ozarks Medical Center Foundation

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