Next weekend: the Spirit of Survival Marathon in Lawton!
If you’re participating, gear up. This one won’t be easy. But I’m sure everyone who is participating is already signed up. So this is a call for people to head down to Lawton to support the runners.
I’ll give you two reasons. First, it’s a tough race and competitors would like the encouragement. Second, it’s for a good cause.
Many of the runners are raising funds for the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma through a program called Run for the Ride. Money raised will go to buy three vans which will be used to take cancer patients to and from treatment. This is a huge deal to people who are fighting the disease.
The competition includes the Mountain Marathon (a Boston Marathon qualifier), the 13.1-mile Holy Half Marathon, the Deer Creek Canyon 10k, the Lake Elmer Thomas 5K and the Mount Scott 5k. The Mount Scott race will have runners race to the top of Mount Scott and back. All the races will go through the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
So there’s great races through a great place for an awesome cause. Past races have raised money for cancer centers in Altus and Duncan, and another cancer center is being completed in Lawton.
Events are being held next Saturday and Sunday. If you do not want to compete but would like to run, there’s a 5k Spirit Walk and Family Fun Run.
Want to know more? Go to www.spiritofsurvival.com.