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Lucy Strong Charity Run Races to Success

The Lucy Strong Charity Run took place Nov 18 to help raise money for those in need for surgery due to Parry-Romberg Syndrome
Junior Lucy Lant organized a charity run to raise money for kids with Parry-Romberg Syndrome on Nov. 18. The run included both a 5k and a children’s fun run and raised more than $15,000.

What would you do if you had the opportunity to help others the way you were helped? 

On Nov. 18. Lucy Lant, a junior, held a charity race to raise money for those in need. The 5K race started at 8 a.m. with 157 participants.

Lucy Lant (right) poses with FCA leader, Layla Thornton for photo at the Lucy Strong Charity Run on Nov. 18. (Caitlin McDonnell)

Zoey Wokurka, a teammate of Lant’s on the basketball team, decided to join the race to support her. When hearing about Lant’s decision on the race, Wokurka viewed the race as something very cool to do and was excited to participate.

“I want to support Lucy and whatever she does,” Wokurka said.

The race raised almost $16,000 for the Ronald McDonald House and those in need of money for the surgeries due to Parry-Romberg Disease. 

“I think it was awesome and just perfect,” Lant said about the event. 

Following the race, all participants were awarded their finishing medals and first, second and third place winners boys and girls received their medals.

Nate Wietbrock holds his first place medal from the Lucy Strong Charity Run. (Caitlin McDonnell)

Sophomore Nate Wietbrock finished first for males. He enjoyed the experience of running the race. 

Wietbrock had been planning on running in the race for a while now and was excited to be in his first road race. 

“I was excited to win,” Nate Wietbrock said. “It was the first time I’ve won a road race.”  

Once everyone had received their medals, Liberty’s FCA handed out a free pancake breakfast for participants and supporters of those running. 

Kids who participated in the Kids Fun Run for the Lucy Strong Charity Run lined up to the start line to get ready for the race on Nov. 18. (Caitlin McDonnell)

“I think the adults loved it more than the kids,” Layla Thornton said. 

While everyone was enjoying their free pancake breakfast, a raffle was held. Each 5K participant had a bib with a number on it and if their number was called they got a prize from the raffle table. Lant then gave a speech to thank everyone who participated and donated to the charity. The speech left many smiles, cheers, and support towards the good cause.

Once Lant had finished her speech family, friends and participants enjoyed each other’s company while awaiting the upcoming Kids Fun Run.

At around 9:30 a.m., 23 children lined up at the start to join the Kids Fun Run held after the pancake breakfast. The run consisted of one full lap around the Liberty High School building and back to the start/finish line.

Aria Maciel, age 10, won for girls with a time of 4:52. Odie Bowman, age 7, won for boys with a time of 6.02. 

Lant hopes that anyone who was in her position will hold a fundraising event like the Lucy Strong Charity Run to help those in need.

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Caitlin McDonnell, Reporter
Caitlin McDonnell is a junior and this her first year in journalism. She loves photography and graphic design as well as writing stories. Outside of school she works at a retail store, Maurices, where she helps many different people with fashion. In the summer she works as a lifeguard at Twin Chimneys Pool. During her free time she loves hanging out with friends and family, reading, and taking many photos of nature and people. When she graduates she wants to be a photographer for various events. She hopes to succeed in journalism and learn more about photography for the future.
Megan Geisler, Sports Editor of Broadcast Media
Megan Geisler is a senior and this is her third year of publications. She is the sports editor for broadcast media and a reporter for LHS Today. She enjoys playing the trumpet and loves watching movies. Some of her favorite movies include “Mamma Mia” and anything Marvel. Outside of school you will often find her spending time outdoors hiking with her dogs or working at Chick-Fil-A.
Anthony Bruns, Reporter
Anthony Bruns is a senior and this is his first year in journalism. He enjoys drawing, playing guitar, reading, and discussing philosophy/religion. Anthony is also a part of Chamber Choir and FCA’s Leadership Team. After high school, he plans on pursuing a career in computer science. At the same time, he’d like to continue his study of philosophy/religion on the side, and possibly full-time in the future.

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