On the week in which the United States of America celebrated its 241st birthday, the third annual Lauren’s Legacy Fancy 5K/Fun Run event decided to show its own version of american pride Saturday morning at Ardmore Regional Park.

On the week in which the United States of America celebrated its 241st birthday, the third annual Lauren’s Legacy Fancy 5K/Fun Run event decided to show its own version of american pride Saturday morning at Ardmore Regional Park.

There were plenty of red, white and blue styled tutu’s on runners of all ages along with American flag shorts, and many other USA themed outfits, as a large crowd of people gathered to participate in the event which benefits the Lauren’s Legacy Foundation.

Multiple area schools were also represented, as athletes came and ran in the 5K event, with Madill coach Cale Edison winning the men’s overall title with a blazing time of 15:55.

Former Plainview standout runner Alex Smith won the 5K ladies division.

“I thought this was the best Fancy event we’ve had in the three years of doing this,” Race coordinator and Lauren’s Legacy Foundation founder Missy Smith said. “This year we decided on a patriotic theme for the event. July 5 would have been Lauren’s 15th birthday this year and so we thought it was just a fitting tribute for her.”

“So many people came out to participate and to cheer on others that were racing,” Smith added. “I think it’s amazing so many schools came out as well and ran in the event. We appreciate everyone who gets up early every year and comes out to help us celebrate Lauren’s life.” 

Also at the event, a special plaque was presented to Missy Smith and her family from the Mannsville Fire Department, for their countless dedication and love shown to the surrounding communities.

The plaque, which was presented by Mannsville EMT’s and first responders read “It takes special people to have the ability to care for others the way y’all do.”

Anthony Cruz was awarded the fanciest outfit in the boys division, while Graci Lockwood was awarded the fanciest girl award for the event.  All the proceeds from the event will go towards multiple causes funded by the Lauren’s Legacy Foundation in the area for local students.