More than 80 ‘Run For Their Lives’

Participants in the third annual Pearl Crisis Center’s Run For Their Lives half-marathon and 5k run/walk were greeted with chilly temperatures early this past Saturday morning — the perfect weather for running.

Event coordinator Krysta McFarland said Pearl hoped to raise between $2,000 and $3,000 to benefit survivors of domestic and sexual violence, but by the time the last participate crossed the finish line, she said that number was closer to $3,500.

“Everybody has helped out a lot,” McFarland said. “They’ve done the leg work.”

Walkers and Runners began the journey near Milaca’s industrial park along 10th Street and followed the old railroad track path for 6.22 miles to Bock where they turned around to come back.

“I went back there to check it out,” she said of the trail. “It’s gorgeous.”

Pearl volunteers were stationed throughout the route to cheer on runners and make sure they didn’t take a wrong turn.

Dozens of volunteers helped out throughout the day by stocking beverage supplies, registering participants and manning the stations.

Area businesses also contributed to the fund raising event. Major donors included Mike Nelson’s Auto Glass, KBEK 95.5 FM, Natural Elements Health Center, Heggies Pizza, Greenscape, Body By Vi, Teal’s Market, Custom Accents, HBH Consulting, Allstar Childcare Center and Radio ID.

Some participants registered for the event to train for full marathons or other athletic events, others were simply showing their support for Pearl’s mission.

“It was a very successful day,” McFarland said.

For a list of those who finished the race in the top three spots in each division, see the Thursday, Sept. 13 print edition of the Times.