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3rd Annual Technicolor Run

LAWTON, Okla_ It was a totally rad morning in Lawton Saturday when runners dressed in 80's apparel ran in the 3rd Annual Technicolor run.

Around 1,200 runners took part in the event that raises money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

The first male finisher, Malik Gandy, and female finisher, Shelby Cargill, say a color run is not your typical 5K.

"Some got in my eye... and I was blind for a moment," Cargill said.

"I got pounded with a lot of color but it was pretty fun," Gandy said.

"I breathed a little bit in and I started coughing. It wasn't nice," Cargill said.

Run 3.1 miles and you'll probably be winded, but throw in the challenge of being pelted with colored powder, that's a whole new challenge.

"I kind of dodged hoping, I prayed they wouldn't hit my face. Especially when I ran through the blue I looked like a smurf," Cargill said.

Still with all the extra challenges once you got past all the powder it was nothing but smiles on these runners' faces.

"It adds a nice experience to it. It's a good thing to get your blood pumping and just get outside your house," Gandy said.

Lori Cummins, with CCMH, says getting that blood pumping is what this race is all about, and she's seen the color run turn non-runners into avid runners.

"There are people who are out here maybe dipping their toe in the pond for the first time. I know last year a lot of the runners came out and participated and then they started running for the rest of their life," Cummins said.

The main cause Saturday is to raise $25,000 CCMH's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It provides treatment for premature infants or infants born sick.

"Our unit has grown, our need has grown, and so we need to purchase more equipment right now. So, this fundraiser will help us to buy more equipment for those children," Cummins said.

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