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(West Plains) – Lace up your running shoes and make a difference in the lives of local cancer patients at the 2012 Ozarks Medical Center Fun Run, which will take place Thursday, April 26. The annual event, which began in 1985, includes a 5K run and 1.5 mile walk/run.

All profits from Fun Run 2012 will benefit patients at the OMC Cancer Treatment Center. According to OMC Cancer Treatment Center Director Richard Delgado, the funds help patients who are in need and are undergoing cancer treatment at OMC with cost such as medication and transportation to treatments.

All race events begin at 6:30 PM at the OMC Parkway Classroom, next to Ramey Foods and Family Dollar in West Plains. The start line is located at the back of the building at the corner of Eighth Street and Alaska Avenue. Prior to the race at 6 PM, the OMC Wellness Department and OMC Rehabilitation Services will host a free stretch clinic at the start line to help participants warm up for their event.

Organizers say that this year’s event will include post-race entertainment from the local band Oh The Fire. Food and concessions will also be available for purchase following the race. Weather permitting, post-race activities will be held outdoors, near the start and finish line. Participants and supporters are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Participants should register by April 10 to take advantage of early registration pricing. The cost for children ages 15 and younger is $15 for early registration or $20 after April 10. Adult fees are $20 for early registration or $25 after April 10. Participants can also save $5 off each individual registration by forming a team of five or more.

Family registration is designated for up to five immediate family members only and can not be used with the team registration discount. Race-day registration is available and begins at 5 PM. Those registering by April 10 will receive a free event t-shirt on race day. Those who register later may pick up their t-shirts at the OMC Public Relations Office after May 10.

For more information regarding the 2012 Fun Run or if you want to pre-register, call OMC Public Relations Department at 417-257-6735.

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