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Craig hospital’s inaugural 5K goes off with flying colors

Participants in The Memorial Hospital's 5K Glow Run/Walk warm up prior to running by dancing to "Cupid Shuffle." Dozens of people turned out for the Saturday event, a fundraiser for Moffat County Cancer Society and the hospital's digital mammography services.

— It may not be Halloween for another couple weeks, but the number of ballerinas, skeletons, zombie surgeons and other costumes that were out and about Saturday evening showed it's never too early to dress up, especially for a worthy cause.

The turnout was big and colorful for The Memorial Hospital's first-ever 5K Glow Run/Walk, a fundraiser for the Moffat County Cancer Society and hospital digital mammography services. Participants were decked out in everything from the favored color of the month, pink, to all kinds of unusual costumes.

Organizer Jennifer Riley, chief of marketing and business development for TMH, said the participation was all she could have hoped for and more, with nearly 100 people registering in advance and many more showing up the day of the event.

"You never know how things are going to go with an inaugural event, but it's been so great," Riley said. "People in Craig are really starting to get into things like 5Ks."

The running route began on the south side of Colorado Northwestern Community College and went along the road alongside TMH property and back to CNCC.

Among the runners were Jimmy and Jennifer Mattern, the latter sporting a tutu while making her way around the course.

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"I think they can dress up anything," Jennifer laughed.

Jimmy couldn't be persuaded to put on the frilly outfit, but he was happy to get moving nonetheless.

"Craig needs to do more things like this," he said.

With KC Hume providing the music, dance floor standards like "Cupid Shuffle" and "YMCA" provided some easy cardio as a warm-up, and with the words, "Ready, set, glow!" the crowd was off and running, most sporting glow wands and bracelets that grew more noticeable as the sun set.

The first to cross the finish line was 10-year-old Micah Crum wearing a closet's worth of costumes: a rainbow clown wig, a superhero cape, a tie-dye shirt and blinding neon shorts.

"I just wanted to have fun out there," he said.

Close behind was Madysen Cramer, 13, whose time with the Craig Middle School cross-country team helped her perform well.

"I'm definitely going to keep on running," she said, while gulping down the contents of a water bottle.

The first adult to finish was Aric Harper, who said he was very pleased with the way the hilly landscape had been utilized.

"It was a fabulous run, a great course, enough up and down to be challenging but not brutally challenging, and the marking was perfect," he said. "Flat courses you can run faster, but that's not much fun."

An experienced harrier, Harper said the combination of his sport and support of cancer awareness was a great fit.

"I run because I love to run, but it's great to know that this supports a good cause," he said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.