By Kevin Shannahan
Over 400 runners came out on a picture perfect Saturday morning to compete in the inaugural Steel Magnolia Run, held on the picturesque NSU campus March 16. The runners had a choice of three different race experiences. There was a 1 mile “fun run,” a 5K race, and a truly challenging FORGE course that featured a series of stations interspaced throughout a 4 mile course. There was also an opportunity for those who could not actively participate to support the cause by becoming a “virtual runner.”
This event, sponsored by the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation, was more than a chance for fun and competition. The race is expected to raise over $18,000.00 for the NRMC Women’s Breast Center’s new 3D mammography machine. This innovation represents the latest in technology and is more comfortable and accurate than older machines. A portion of the event’s proceeds will also be donated to the Louisiana Lion’s Camp in honor of Gene and Leta Spillman. Gene Spillman was a long serving fixture at NRMC before his retirement. The Lion’s Camp was one of his favorite causes.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the event photography. Copy protection is off and downloads enabled. Anyone is welcome to download any they wish. If you do see a photograph you like, please consider a donation to the NRMC Foundation in lieu of payment.