Saturday benefit shines to help children fighting cancer

The 5K kicks off as Shining Stars held its Winter Park Half Marathon and 5K at Grand Park in Fraser on Saturday, July 31. The runs had nearly 200 participants, and all proceeds from the event benefit Shining Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs for children and families with childhood cancer.

The 5K kicks off as Shining Stars held its Winter Park Half Marathon and 5K at Grand Park in Fraser on Saturday, July 31. The runs had nearly 200 participants, and all proceeds from the event benefit Shining Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs for children and families with childhood cancer.

The 5K kicks off as Shining Stars held its Winter Park Half Marathon and 5K at Grand Park in Fraser on Saturday, July 31. The runs had nearly 200 participants, and all proceeds from the event benefit Shining Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs for children and families with childhood cancer.

The 5K kicks off as Shining Stars held its Winter Park Half Marathon and 5K at Grand Park in Fraser on Saturday, July 31. The runs had nearly 200 participants, and all proceeds from the event benefit Shining Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs for children and families with childhood cancer.

The 5K kicks off as Shining Stars held its Winter Park Half Marathon and 5K at Grand Park in Fraser on Saturday, July 31. The runs had nearly 200 participants, and all proceeds from the event benefit Shining Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs for children and families with childhood cancer.

The 5K kicks off as Shining Stars held its Winter Park Half Marathon and 5K at Grand Park in Fraser on Saturday, July 31. The runs had nearly 200 participants, and all proceeds from the event benefit Shining Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs for children and families with childhood cancer.

The 5K kicks off as Shining Stars held its Winter Park Half Marathon and 5K at Grand Park in Fraser on Saturday, July 31. The runs had nearly 200 participants, and all proceeds from the event benefit the Shining Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs for children and families with childhood cancer.

The 5K kicks off as Shining Stars held its Winter Park Half Marathon and 5K at Grand Park in Fraser on Saturday, July 31. The runs had nearly 200 participants, and all proceeds from the event benefit the Shining Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs for children and families with childhood cancer.

The 5K kicks off as Shining Stars held its Winter Park Half Marathon and 5K at Grand Park in Fraser on Saturday, July 31. The runs had nearly 200 participants, and all proceeds from the event benefit Shining Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs for children and families with childhood cancer.

The 5K kicks off as Shining Stars held its Winter Park Half Marathon and 5K at Grand Park in Fraser on Saturday, July 31. The runs had nearly 200 participants, and all proceeds from the event benefit Shining Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs for children and families with childhood cancer.

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Nearly 200 people ran Saturday’s Shining Stars Half Marathon and 5K, a nice jump in participation for the nonprofit whose mission is to help children with cancer.

To start the day, 119 people ran through the balmy morning for the Shining Stars half marathon. Some of them came from as far away as New York, New Jersey, Washington and Arizona. About an hour later, another five dozen people left on the 5K run.

A couple of Shining Stars Half Marathon runners had fun and dressed up for the race.
Shining Stars Foundation

Organizers believe that last year’s COVID-19 cancellations, coupled with a limited number of marathons and half marathons this year due to the delta variant, has led some people to seek out the high evaluation run in Fraser this summer. .

Saturday’s rain probably drove some of the people on record, but the showers gave way to perfect weather for a race – cloudy and not too cold – and Shining Stars were pleased with such a strong turnout.

“Especially more than last year, this year you could see that people were really, really excited to get back into action, celebrate their health and do something good for a good cause,” said Mackenzie Brenneman, Shining Stars program director. . “We were very happy with the number of applications we received this year.”

Winter Park’s Cameron Jump finishes fourth overall and first in its age group at Saturday’s Shining Stars Half Marathon in Fraser.
Shining Stars Foundation

She added that 198 people had previously registered for the race, and even in less than ideal weather it was heartening to see so many participants and volunteers showing up for it, including visitors from Grand County and many community members.

The runs serve as the Shining Stars’ biggest fundraiser of the year in the Grand County area. Organizers don’t have a final total for the fundraiser yet, but 100% of the proceeds will go to the nonprofit dedicated to helping children with childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

In the half marathon, Winter Park’s Cameron Jump, 24, finished fourth overall and first in his age group. In addition, Ethan Callerman, 18, of Hot Sulfur Springs was fifth overall and first in his age group.

In the 5K, Nathanial Andrews, 20, of Tabernash finished first overall.

For more information about the Shining Stars Foundation, visit http://www.ShiningStarsFoundation.org.

The 5K kicks off as Shining Stars held its Winter Park Half Marathon and 5K at Grand Park in Fraser on Saturday, July 31. The runs had nearly 200 participants, and all proceeds from the event benefit Shining Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs for children and families with childhood cancer.

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