Holiday in the Park

LAWTON-Strings of lights were lit, runners took their places, and Santa played jolly all in honor of the 17th annual Holiday in the Park.

Hundreds showed up to Elmer Thomas Park to enjoy the city's display of holiday decorations while others, including Santa, also opted to stay in shape while running in the Candy Cane Chase, a 1-mile fun run or the 5k "Frost Ya Fanny" run.

"Checking on the good boys and girls here in Lawton," Santa said was one of the main reasons he attended this year's Holiday in the Park.

Running with the kids in the Candy Cane chase was just an added bonus for him and for children like Cassidy Harmon.

"I like running to begin with and I think it will just be fun to run,"said Harmon.

And while hundreds of eager children came to the event, so did their parents and other adults like Jerry Thorne, proving you're never too old to appreciate this time of year.

"We try to come every year. We maybe have missed one or two in that time, but we try to come every year. It's a fun, family thing to do." said Thorne.

Parks and Recreation supervisor Reginald Seaton said city officials try to ensure they offer everyone something to enjoy for one important reason.

"It's important because it's a family-oriented event and it gives the community an opportunity to come out and not only to participate in the race itself, but to get involved in the holiday spirit."said Seaton.

Santa, however, said he was sad he had to leave so early, but will be back in December.

"I ran my race, and now I'm going back to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas!"