This Sunday, Classen Curve, 5825 NW Grand. Blvd., will be a sea of green. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, runners will dress in green to participate in the fourth annual Run Lucky 5k and Mission Mile Fun Run. The event is organized by Friends of LLS (FLLS), a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“Members of the group are generally those that have had their lives touched by one of these cancers in a meaningful way,” said Molly Brill, a member of the Run Lucky committee.
One of the founding members of FLLS is Ruth Rickey, a local chef and sugar artist who is credited with naming the event in 2010.
“We run to create luck for others,” she said in a statement. “We run to create more lucky survivors.”
Since 2010, FLLS has raised more than $150,000 for the LLS in its efforts to heighten awareness and help more people survive the devastating diseases.
“We hope to make it past the $200,000 mark with this year’s event,” Brill said.
In addition to the 5k, there is another event on Sunday called the Mission Mile.
“It really is kind of a memory lane, and it’s in honor of and in memory of people who’ve had leukemia or lymphoma. And it really is just a mile of images, one poster after another,” Brill said.
Friends and family of loved ones are encouraged to make posters, shirts and banners with the likeness or name of their loved one. Those items will be proudly displayed for all to see.
Not a morning person? Not that into running? Fear not. You have the option of being a different sort of participant by not letting the run interrupt your casual Sunday plans. Opt for the Snooze Lucky participant package and stay home while still contributing money to a worthy cause. And, of course, you can still go to the afterparty.
Costumed revelry is encouraged, and there will be rewards for getting into the spirit. There will be a costume contest as well as a beard contest, which is new this year. The bearer of the best beard, which must be real, will receive a prize. And it doesn’t stop there.
There will be prizes for age categories in the run and walk, as well as a prize for one male and one female best performance overall.
“I can’t go into specifics, but just let me say the prizes are incredible; there’s some really great stuff,” Brill said.
Everyone who participates in the run will receive a medal, and everyone who participates in the Mission Mile will receive a commemorative dog tag. The
first 2,500 people who register also will receive a shirt.
Open registration for the run will close at midnight on March 13. Participants may register through the website, runlucky.com, by either printing the form and mailing it or registering online. After that time, registration will be available in person at Red Coyote Running and Fitness at Classen Curve. As with past years, the real fun begins when the race is completed. Most of the merchants at Classen Curve will participate in an after party.