More than 100 community members gathered earlier this month to celebrate Global Running Day on the Arkansas City hike and bike trail.

Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages communities to “get moving.”

Local running enthusiasts using the hashtag #StoryOfARunner Group hosted the free run-walk event for all ages.

#StoryOfARunner Group founder Jessica Dorman was ecstatic with the turnout for the event June 6.

“We knew lots of people in our area shared a passion for running, but had conservatively set a goal of 50 participants,” she said.

“With 98 registrants, 12 volunteers and 17 sponsors, this event definitely exceeded our expectations.”

The race started and finished at the West Chestnut Avenue bridge area. Participants chose their distance from 1 mile to 5K in an out-and-back course. Following the race, #StoryOfARunner Group served refreshments and held prize drawings.

Dustin Lynn registered his whole family — wife Ashley, daughter Aubrie and son Jayden.

“It was an awesome event,” said Dustin Lynn. “I could tell the race organizers put some work in. Aubrie loved seeing the chalk drawings along the course.”

All four Lynns also each took home one of 35 prizes. The top prize, a silver necklace valued at $99 from Schmidt Jewelers, was won by 6-year-old Quinn Richardson.

Dorman thanked the local organizations that supported the event through monetary or in-kind donations.

Get Branded Custom Tees sponsored at the gold level. Silver sponsors included DiVall Retail Liquor, Dr. Jerry Mangen, El Maguey, KanPak, KSOK Radio, La Hacienda Greenhouse, Rubbermaid and Schmidt Jewelers.

Bronze sponsors included 1025 The River, the Arkansas City Recreation Commission, Autumn’s Gifts, Cowley College Cross Country, the Cowley College Wellness Center, Quality Water Services, Rogers Family Dentistry and Shoe Sensation.

The Legacy Regional Community Foundation has established a fund for #StoryOfARunner. The group plans to use money raised from the Global Running Day event as seed money to host future races in the Arkansas City area.

In addition, $400 will be donated Autumn’s Gifts, a local organization providing entertainment and activities to children in area hospitals.

For more information about #StoryOfARunner Group, find the group on Facebook.