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There was a great deal of uncertainty heading into Lauren’s Run. Thunderstorms were predicted from the moment April 23 hit the 10-day forecast.

Undaunted, we went to our friend, Robert (aka Robert the Great) Hart who predicted a 100% chance of fun. It turns out, Robert was right.

Except for a couple of very brief showers, the rains held off and we got all three runs in with no problem and the times were very competitive. Our men’s and overall winner was James Lewallen with a time of 18:55 and our female winner was Jaclyn Williams at 22:13. The full results can be viewed here. (–9)

The sweet tone of Lauren’s Run can be summed up by this picture in which one of our medal winners, Steve Rom, gave his medal and prayers to little Ava, who is fighting rhabdomyosarcoma.

The 2k and Tot Trot were also rousing successes with many of our teams wearing t-shirts to represent their cancer-fighters. Spirit and smiles were evident throughout the day as together we raised nearly $225,000 to fund life-saving pediatric cancer research.

When Lauren’s Run ends, the Cure Annual Picnic begins. With games, inflatables, crafts, music, and superheroes, kids roam the field going excitedly from one fun activity to another. Thanks to our generous food partners: Folks, McAlister’s Deli, Joey D’s, and California Pizza Kitchen, everyone who attends gets a tasty lunch. Although the threat of rain kept some away, the picnic was filled with fun and laughter galore.

Fortunately, the rain didn’t start until the last box was packed away.

You don’t want to miss the 24th Annual Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic in 2018. We will be announcing the date soon and would love to see you there.