October 15, 2013
10th annual HICF Fun Run saw fewer runners
but plenty of spirit …WITH SLIDE SHOW
By JORDAN TOMBERLN
Island Cancer Foundation’s annual 5K Fun Run has become one of the most
fun, festive, and community-centered charity events on the
island. And this year’s race was no exception.
took place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, and was once again held in
Avon, with the Sun Realty parking lot serving as the hub of pre- and
post-race activities, and the quiet, winding roads of the Kinnakeet
Shores subdivision comprising the racecourse.
being held at roughly the same time and exactly the same place as
previous years, it was clear that this year’s race was different.
just 83 runners this year—down from 130 last year and 160 the year
before that—it certainly wasn’t the foundation’s biggest, or “pinkest”
Entries from out of town visitors were down considerably
from previous years. " We suspect it is due to the beaches being
closed from the government shutdown," said Donna Barnett, event
And with gray, cloudy skies, damp air, and
temperatures in the mid-60s, it probably won’t go down in Fun Run
history as being the most beautiful race day.
everything, the 10th annual Fun Run—and the people who showed up to
run, walk, or otherwise traverse the 3.1-mile course—raised more money
than ever for the Cancer Foundation.
The event brought in
nearly $9,000, every penny of which will be funneled back into the
community and used to help individuals and families on the island that
are struggling with cancer and its effects.
this year’s race was smaller and a little more subdued than in previous
years, there were a few things that didn’t change.
finisher received a medal, and once they crossed the finish line, Crazy
Johnny’s Barbecue and Jamie Markley were there, volunteering their time
and talents to provide food and entertainment to race-goers.
everyone completed the race and had a chance to eat and drink, there
was an awards ceremony in which the top finishers in each division—as
well as the most “pinked out” runners—were recognized, and hundreds of
dollars worth of prizes were raffled off.
Special medals were
awarded to the first, second, and third place finishers in each of four
categories: men, women, boys 12 and under, and girls 12 and
And as foundation member Suzette Caldera
was calling the winners to the stage, there were a couple of familiar
names that stuck out among the bunch.
Keith Gray, of
Buxton, was once again the first-place male finisher. This year, Gray
ran a 5:40-per-mile pace and finished the 3.1-mile course in just
17:35. It was his ninth Fun Run victory.
But he wasn’t the only repeat victor.
her impressive debut in last year’s race, 12-year-old Claudia Caldwell
once again took first place in the girls 12 and under category. She
finished the race in 31:50. And she wasn’t even wearing running shoes.
a few other notable performances, as well. 14-year-old Caitlyn Setree,
a freshman at Cape Hatteras Secondary School, took first place in the
women’s division, finishing the race in 26:36.
followed closely by the second and third-place winners, Casey Barley
and Chloe Christ, both of whom finished the race in less than 28
minutes and both of whom were pushing strollers the whole way.
if there had been an award for “pluckiest participants,” then
8-year-olds Chloe Flythe and Lily Ratliff would have been shoe-ins.
only did Chloe take home third place in the girls 12 and under
division, she also inspired her friend Lily, who had never raced before
and was hesitant to sign up, to run with her.
The pair was all smiles when they crossed the finish line, Lily just behind Chloe.
“It was fun,” Lily said. “When we were running, sometimes we would say, ‘What are we doing this for?’”
“Cancer!” they shouted in unison, thrusting their fists into the air.
And they weren’t the only ones feeling the spirit.
year, in lieu of a prize for most “pinked out” child, the foundation
chose to recognize the humanitarian efforts of 10-year-old Rubie
Shoemaker of Avon.
Rubie, a fifth-grade student at Cape
Hatteras Elementary, wanted to help raise money for the foundation. So,
she spent nearly two weeks, making bracelets that she could sell at the
“It was all her idea,” said her mother, Marcie
Shoemaker. “She came to me a couple Saturdays ago and said, ‘I want to
make bracelets and sell them and give all the money to cancer.’”
“A lot of people have cancer,” Rubie explained. “And sometimes, it gets really bad. I just wanted to help.”
Rubie raised $60, which she donated to the organization.
the end of the day, whatever this year’s race lacked in numbers and
meteorological appeal, it more than made up for in community support
and philanthropic spirit.
And sometimes, that’s all you need.
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