No rain, no gain: runners turn out for Colors of Cancer Day 5K


Samantha Crawford poses with Cullman County Bosom Buddies Foundation President Louise Cole after finishing first in Saturday morning’s Colors of Cancer Day 5K race. / Nick Griffin for The Tribune


CULLMAN – This year’s Colors of Cancer Day kicked off at the Cullman County Fairgrounds Saturday morning with a 5K run/walk. All the proceeds go to support the Cullman County Bosom Buddies Foundation, and despite the cold, wet conditions, a small crowd of eager runners and walkers turned out to support the cause. Bosom Buddies President Louise Cole touched on what the foundation does here locally and how the donations are put to good use.

“All of our proceeds today stay in the community, they stay in Cullman County and our foundation was formed to financially help cancer patients in the county,” Cole said. “I think a lot of people in the county don’t realize that when you get that diagnosis that all of a sudden if you can’t work because you’re getting treatment, you can’t pay your utilities that week or you’re going back and forth to Birmingham and that’s a lot of gas money that people don’t think about. So, we go in and try to help the best we can.”

Cole said she’s been happy to see the Cullman community support the organization the way it has in her time here.

“It’s amazing, I’ve only lived in Cullman for two years and it’s just such a loving community. People care, they really do. Even on a day like today people still decide to come out and run,” Cole said. “We ask for donations and nobody says no; it really is a very warm community and people in Cullman really care about the people in their county.”

After all the participants crossed the finish line, everyone gathered for the awards ceremony. Below are the top finishers in each age division.

Overall Winner – Samantha Crawford – 23:54

First Male – Tim Willoughby – 24:32

13 and under Female – Ashley Smith – 32:33

13 and under Male – Henry Crocker – 44:25

14-19 Female – Paris Pannell – 48:30

14-19 Male – Alex Wood – 27:21

20-29 Male – Cameron Galbreath – 31:09

30-39 Male – Ben Swann – 25:26

40-49 Female – Kimberly Whitman – 27:39

40-49 Male – Champ Crocker – 24:55

50-59 Female – Maria Wood – 25:14

50-59 Male – Robert Marty – 47:47

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