10 October 2014, Manchester, KY: The 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Color Run in Manchester took place on 19 Oct, on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, when Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) joined hands with the American Cancer Society to sponsor this event.
The event saw 80+ people register, up from last year’s attendance of 35. “This race is dedicated to everyone who is fighting cancer and to their friends and family who support them,” said Erika Skula, CEO of MMH.
The American Cancer Society was onsite with information booths, sale booths and a hot dog stand. MMH also had booth presence with their CREATION Health and Cancer information booths. The hospital’s Dietitian, Kellie Grey and Diabetes Educator, Megan Kunkel, were also onsite to help create awareness about Diabetes.
The runners were asked to come wearing white shirts and had to cover a total area of 3.1 miles. This included doing a lap in the park, going up to the cabins, circling around, and doing another lap of the park. There were no winners of the race, as the event was neither timed nor competitive – however there were some noticeably fast runners on the course: Brandon Saylor was the first to complete the run in 27 minutes, followed by Brett Hubbard and Sallie Gilbert.
At the finish line, the feel-good atmosphere continued through random bursts of color and participants cheered on their friends and families finishing the race. No matter if people walked, ran, or a combination of the two, everyone was congratulated for finishing the colorful course.
One of the highlights of the event was the team representing the Glenndale Clinic, as staff made this run more colorful by wearing coordinating, yet contrasting, tutus.
Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) would like to thank the 18 Clay County High School students for their help in dispensing color, along with their teacher, Sherry Crockett. These volunteers had a fun time towards the end, throwing color on each other and being merry.
*Published in The Manchester Enterprise*