No matter their age, their race time or where they came from, each runner entered the fourth annual Founder’s Day 5K/1 Mile Benefit Run with the same purpose: help in the fight against multiple sclerosis.
A group of 175 runners hailing from five different states came together Saturday morning at Fuqua park to unite against MS at a race which had all of its proceeds donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
“It’s amazing to see people getting inspired and doing this,” event director J’Nell Ash said. “Seeing people from the community come out here for the first time and all the efforts to fight MS is so exciting.”
Many members of the race ran or walked as a team to honor a loved one of friend who was affected by MS, a chronic and often disabling disease that attacks the nervous system. Twelve friends and family members of Gwen Reid, who lost her battle with MS when she died in February 2011, walk in her honor every year.
“It’s just so exhilarating to be out here to honor her and who she was,” Gwen Reid’s niece Michelle Reid said. “And hopefully we can help someone else who has MS.”
Taking first place overall was Dustin Mettler, who finished way ahead of the pack with a time of 15:58. He was followed by runner up Gary Lozano, who had a time of 18:44, and Chris Lipscomb, who took third with a time of 19:42.
The female division was won by Lacey Willis of Chickasha, who finished with a time of 25:40.