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September 1, 2013

5K Labor Day run to honor Chris Lane

Nearly 300 have pre-registered for memorial run; Lane would have been 23 on Monday

DUNCAN — Though it has been more than two weeks since Chris Lane went on his fateful run, the Duncan community is still working to honor him.

Sonya Hill, a Duncan resident, was deeply affected when the Australian man, who was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend Sarah Harper, was shot and killed while running on Country Club Road on Aug. 16.

She organized a 5K run in Lane’s memory to take place Monday, which would have been Lane’s 23rd birthday.

“My son is a runner and he has run down that road many times,” Hill said. “It could have just as easily been him. I felt like I needed to do something.”

Funds raised from the run will go to create a memorial scholarship in Lane’s honor.

For those not wanting to run but would like to donate, an account is set up at Arvest.

Registration will open at 7 a.m. Monday, the one-mile begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K will start at 8:30 a.m., all in Halliburton Park, 1409 S. 13th St. in Duncan.

Runners can also register online at https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/94916. They can also call Hill at 580-284-9375.

“The last time I looked at the online registration, there were 280 people signed up. That’s just the online registration,” said Hill Saturday. “I was told a lot of people sign up the day of. I expect probably 350 or 400 total runners.”

T-shirts will be available as part of the registration fee, so early registration is encouraged.

Anyone who signs up Monday morning will get shirts on a first-come, first-serve basis. If there is a need, more shirts will be printed later for the runners who didn’t get one.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in standard USA Track & Field age groups.

Though the number for runners is not yet as high as Hill is hoping for, she said turnout for sponsors and volunteers for the event has been good.

“I don’t think anyone has told me ‘no,’ so that’s good,” she said.

One of those volunteers is Hill’s son Dustin Mettler, who is helping to lay the course. The course will be set today.

Early packet pickup is available from noon to 6 p.m. today in Halliburton Park. Hill said registrants will also be able to walk the running trail if they would like.

“We really want the public to come out and support the runners,” said Hill. “The more the better.”

Hill believes she has enough volunteers, but admits she is nervous about Monday.

She said it wouldn’t be a bad thing and even anticipates more people showing up unexpectedly Monday.

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