LAURINBURG —Runners from across the region hit the pavement Saturday to test both their stamina and selflessness during the 12th Annual FUNd Run-4-Life.
The event, sponsored by the Scotland Memorial Foundation, raises money for cancer and diabetes patients.
Sponsored by Service Thread, the FUNd Run-4-Life featured a 5K and a half marathon as well as a one mile “fun run/walk” that participants could take at their own pace.
“The turnout was terrific on this beautiful day and we appreciate the community coming out,” said Scotland Memorial CEO Greg Wood, who walked the 5K course with his wife Janet. “This event is great way for people to walk and run and do what’s right for their health. It is also a nice reminder that Scotland Health Care System is there to be a part of their lives.”
Each race began at the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center on the Scotland Memorial Hospital campus.
The 5K was the most popular event this year with 219 runners. That race took runners down Lauchwood Drive and onto the St. Andrews University campus along Dogwood Mile. Runners turned around at the halfway point at Lake Ansley C. Moore.
Argie Burnette, a student at St. Andrews, said he signed up for the 5K at the suggestion of his college wrestling coach.
It was the Hillsboro sophomore’s first 5K. He came in second in his age group — 15 to 19 with a time of 22:36. He won fifth place overall.
“It think events like this are good for a small town like Laurinburg,” he said. “It brings people together.”
Burnett said he plans to participate next year.
“I came in second in my age group … it wasn’t first. I need to be first next time.”
Runner Jahari Brown’s father cheered for him from a curb along Lauchwood Drive. The 11-year-old was joined by a group of his fellow students from Covington Street Elementary School.
“It is a good event,” the elder Brown said. “I wanted to be out here to support him. My knee is hurting or I might be running too.”
Those taking on the 13-mile half marathon continued across the university campus to Hasty Road, and then down Barnes Bridge Road before hitting a turnaround point on Scotland Farm Road. On runners’ return, the half marathon course came through Scotia Village and St. Andrews. There were about 33 runners in that race.
The top two winners of the 5K race’s male division were local — David Cason, 24, of Laurinburg, with a time of 18:42; and Tyler Sellers, 15, of Laurinburg with a time of 19:56.
The winners of the female division were Emily Smith, 41 of Laurinburg with a time of 24:19; and Mary Carmichael, 28, of Laurinburg, who had a time of 24:51.
The winner of the men’s half marathon with a time of 1:22:35 was Patrick George of Carthage. Hedi Poage of Laurinburg claimed the women’s trophy with a time of 1:48:26.
“It was my first half marathon this year so I think I did alright,” said Brett Dixon of Cary, who came in first in his age group 40 to 49. He is 46.
“I haven’t been here before and the price was right so I decided to run,” said Dixon, who had a time of 1:36:42. “I read about this race online and saw this one and it looked good.”
Proceeds will go toward diabetes education and to the Scotland Cancer Treatment Center’s fund to assist patients with the expenses of needs ancillary to treatment. The event has raised more than $32,000 to date, but organizers have not tallied the final take.
“The proceeds are not yet finalized,” said Kirsten Dean, executive director of the Foundation. “But we are still accepting contributions to help us reach our goal of $40,000.”
The 2015 run raised $22,000.
Donors can make a contribution by going to www.grouprev.com/fundrun-4-life.
During the runs, food vendors set up near the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center, and community health organizations manned information booths. A play zone with bounce houses, a trackless train, face painting, and other games were open to youngsters.
“It was an all-around great day,” said Joyce McDow, a member of the Scotland Memorial Foundation board. “I didn’t run, but I did help with the volunteers this morning. It is important they we each do what we can to help those that need it.”
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