Run supports arts institute in Edmond

Edmond’s Fine Arts Institute held its annual fundraiser, 5K to Monet. Runners enjoyed running around the public art.
By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer Published: August 26, 2014
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The top male runner in the Edmond Fine Arts Institute’s annual fundraiser, 5K to Monet, was Russell Ingram, 32, from Yukon. He ran the course in 17.38 minutes.

The top female runner was Kissy Maxfield, 28, of Edmond. She ran the 5k in 21.40 minutes.

The oldest runner was Tom Briggs, 81, from Arcadia.

Benny Meir, 71, of Edmond, was the only blind runner, starting and ending near the lifelike sculpture of Claude Monet in the garden of the institute.

The event combined the love of running and the arts. Shannon Price, institute executive director, said there were 300 runner and walkers. The youngest children were 6 years old.

“There are not many runs that take place in downtown Edmond and are on streets where fabulous public art is displayed on almost every corner,” said Darin Kent, 5K chairman.

“Plus, starting and finishing close to the sculpture of Claude Monet at the Fine Arts Institute showcases our outstanding facility and the great experiences our classes and camps offer.”

The amount of money raised from the Saturday event was still being calculated on Monday.