Spirit Sprint raises funds for league

Dozens of runners hit the streets early Saturday, taking on a 5K to help those with disabilities.

Officials with the city of Yukon said the annual Spirit Sprint drew about 60 runners to Chisholm Trail Park for a morning of running and children’s activities.

The event was designed to raise money to benefit a baseball field used by the Spirit League.

The Spirit League was formed about 10 years ago as a way to get those with disabilities involved in sports.

They play baseball, basketball, soccer and have even bowled in the past.

Baseball is played at J. Calvin Field, located in Taylor Park, north of Garth Brooks Boulevard.

The field already has rubberized base paths to help athletes using wheelchairs and walkers. There also are some concrete sidewalks.

However, the city wants to add more concrete to help participants get to and from bleachers easier.

Officials said money raised from Saturday’s event will go toward that project.

In addition, Yukon High School graduate Vernon Turner, who was the Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year for Oklahoma, donated $1,000 to the cause. Turner also was the official starter for the 5K.

The winning runner was Joseph Mitro, of Mutang, with a time of 19:12.

The top female was Avery Stanley, of Yukon, with a time of 23:06.

In addition to the 5K, there also were events involving a fun walk, a stroller roll and several family activities.

Tim Rhodes, the activities director for the Yukon Parks and Recreation Department, said the event went well, despite competing against several other races.

“It was a good start to our fundraising for the improvements that are planned,” Rhodes said.

This was the seventh year for the Spirit Sprints, he said.

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