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February 26, 2014

Ryan's Run set for April 5

McALESTER — The 2014 Ryan’s Run “A Race For All Abused Children” is set for April 5 at 8:30 a.m., organizers say.

The run benefits the Pittsburg County Child Advocacy Center, according to PCCAC Director Cecilia Miers.

The money raised will be used to provide services to child abuse victims, help fund training for the professionals who investigate child abuse and help with general operations of the center, Miers said.

More than 240 people took part in last years event which raised more than $11,000, she said.

“This was our biggest run to date,” Miers said.

“The run benefits the center and was named after Ryan Luke, a McAlester 2-year-old who died from child abuse in 1995.”

This is will be the 19th year of the run which began when the center opened in 1998, according to Miers.

And she said and each year run gains popularity.

“We are so grateful to have runners from all over the state that come back every year,” she said.

The five kilometer race starts and finishes on West Street and covers approximately 3.1 miles and includes a 1-Mile Fun Run.

The race will have standard five-year age brackets.

Awards will be given for first, second and third place in each bracket.

Medals will be awarded to all finishers of the 5K race. Walkers will be on the honor system.

The race will start at 8:30 a.m. on West Street in front of the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center.

Runners will turn west onto prison property on Grider Road and continue for approximately three-quarters of a mile before exiting the main gate at Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

Runners will then head east on Stonewall Avenue and turn north on A Street, continue on A Street and then turn west on Electric Avenue until they reach the finish line back at West Street.

Cost to enter is $20 for entries received before April 2 and $30 after. Race day entries will be accepted.

For more information contact PC Care at 918-420-2273 or visit signmeup.com and search Ryan’s Run.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

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