Runners And Walkers Gather To Support Children’s Starlight Unit
Over 1200 people gathered at Cameron University on Saturday to get a little color. The sun was shining, the breeze was mild and it was an absolutely perfect morning as the 3rd annual Technicolor Run got underway at precisely 9:31 on Saturday morning.
Those in attendance were in their best (or not so best) white t-shirts knowing that over the 5k run they would be bombarded with pink, purple, green, blue and yellow bombs of cornstarch, sure to add a little color to even the palest of participants. Those participants ranged from local politicians and business people to members of the police and fire departments, celebrities from radio and television, families, individuals and groups of all sizes and colors. Even Miss America 2007, Lauren Nelson, a Lawton native was in attendance, doing an incredible job with the National Anthem to start the race.
The race, whose proceeds went to the Children's Starlight Unit at Comanche County Hospital, in support of the neonatal unit, started in the parking lot of Cameron University Stadium, wound its way through the campus. All participants were given a packet of color and at the gun, all released their color into the air in a rainbow send-off.
Runners and walkers passed through 7 "paint stations" along the course, where volunteers would bombard them with corn-starch based coloring. White t-shirts were bombarded with pink, purple, green, blue and yellow on the course. The final leg of the course found participants returning to first the green and finally the pink station before the final stretch to home. One last blast of color would surprise them at the finish line.
The true stars of the day were a pair of young girls named Lauren Wahnee and Maddy Hunt, both from the Lawton area. Lauren had originally signed up to participate in the race along with a friend, but sadly her friend, Jaden Austin, a 14-year old brain cancer patient, passed away Friday Morning.
Maddy is a young leukemia patient, who has been taking her second round of treatment for the past two years.
Lauren and a group of about 85 from the Comanche Nation pushed Jaden’s wheelchair with Jaden’s picture, through the race, in remembrance of their friend and in honor all of the other patients that could not endure the course.
Not a face crossed the finish line with out a smile and a comment on the good time they had. It was 3.1 miles of smiles, laughs and good times had by all, all for a good cause.
If you were unable to make it to the Technicolor 5k, but would like to still help the Comanche Country Memorial Hospital Children' Starlight neonatal care unit, please log onto the race website at http://technicolorrun.com/ for more details on how you can be a part of the solution.