Before the Arbuckles to Ardmore Race for Mercy on Sunday, Neil Robnett will make sure a part of the course is ready for runners.


Before the Arbuckles to Ardmore Race for Mercy on Sunday, Neil Robnett will make sure a part of the course is ready for runners.

“We have to put boards down on the cattle guards and make sure the gate stays open,” said Robnett, the maintenance supervisor for Jud Little Ranch.

The marathon, for which the Bar Nothin’ is the title sponsor, will run through the ranch located north of Springer.

While Robnett considers preparing the ranch for the marathoners, he is also invested personally in the race, which will help fund a new cancer center at Mercy Memorial Medical Center.

“Since our daughter Lauren  had cancer, we’ve always been involved in things like Relay for Life,” he said.

When Lauren had cancer, Neil and his family had to travel to Oklahoma City for treatment. When she needed a bone marrow transplant, they had to go to Fort Worth, Texas.

With the cancer now in the past, the Robnetts still remain active in supporting cancer awareness and research.

“We’re always willing to do what we can because a lot of people helped us,” Robnett said.

In honor of their experiences, he and his wife Shannon will participate in the 5K race.

“We’ll probably jog some of it, and walk some of it,” Robnett said.

Shannon will also be helping with the health expo on Saturday, and their youngest daughter Bailey will help out at a watering station.

“I just hope the marathon grows from this. We really need this center,” Robnett said.