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Color Run raises Down Syndrome Awareness

Participants in the Color Run throw their colors. (Mollie S. Waters | The Standard)


Saturday’s sixth annual 5k Color Run at L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital was fun for all involved, but its main objective was to raise awareness for Down syndrome.

According to event coordinator Linda Hummel, nearly one hundred people participated in the Color Run and Tot Trot, with all monies raised going to the Buddy Walk program.

“All the money we collect is our donation to the Buddy Walk,” said Hummel, “so we help sponsor the Buddy Walk. It all goes to the National Buddy Walk Foundation.”

Hummel explained that October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, but Saturday’s race is earlier in order to donate its proceeds in time for the Montgomery-Area Buddy Walk next month.

Down syndrome is very near and dear to Hummel’s heart because she has a granddaughter, Millie Grace Maddox, with it.

“No one ever does anything like this for Down syndrome,” said Hummel, “and we do this to promote the inclusion and acceptance of kids and adults with Down syndrome. Because so many times, they are not included in everything.”

Saturday’s race, as well as the ones preceding it, was sponsored by Greenville’s Healthy Woman and Our Healthy Circle.

Hummel said the race was possible thanks to generous donations from nearly 40 area businesses, groups, and individuals.

David Norrell provided entertainment during the event.

Top finisher for the race was Butler County Superintendent Dr. John Strycker with a time of just over 20 minutes.

For more information about the upcoming Buddy Walk in Montgomery, visit



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