Over 400 runners came out Saturday morning to compete in the third Steel Magnolia Run, held on the picturesque NSU campus March 27. The runners had a choice of a 1 mile “fun run” or a 5K race. 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 $20,000.00 for the NRMC Foundation’s “Moms and Babies Campaign.” This campaign is designed to improve the pregnancy and birth process by protecting moms and babies with state-of-the-art monitoring software and equipment. Physicians will have access to critical health information at any time and from anywhere and the labor and delivery experience will be enhanced with new safe, comfortable birthing beds and sleeper chairs. About 500 babies get their start in life at our hospital each year. NRMC’s Dr. Mason and the hospital’s Labor and Delivery unit ran as a team in their signature pink shirts.
The Steel Magnolia Run also had two teams making their first appearance at the event. The Shreveport chapter of Team RWB, a nation-wide organization for Veterans, their families and supporters brought a dozen members to the race. The Veterans were there to run for more than themselves. They had partnered with Ainsley’s Angels, an organization that pairs special needs individuals who would not normally be able to experience a run. The Team RWB members pushed specially built racing chairs with the person inside for the 5K run, giving them the chance to enjoy racing.
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. The NRMC Foundation makes our community a better place. Let us help them as they help us!