The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 19, 2014

Letter: First-time visitors impressed with Enid

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — As first-time visitors to Enid, my wife and I wanted to take some time to let you know how impressed we were by the hospitality and generosity of the community and let you know about a valuable resource your community has.

Sara and I had the privilege of assisting Glenn McDaniel and Kathy Fowler with an endurance running event they organized to raise money and awareness of autism. The generosity and compassion demonstrated by the race organizers and supporting team were about the most impressive I have seen.

As race director, not only did Glenn put together a great event and raise significant money for charity; he put together a group of vendors and organizations that supplied food, hydration, heaters, lights and even campfires tended to by the local Boy Scouts. Glenn was at the finish line for every runner crossing, offering encouragement and a celebratory message. Many  runners achieved a new long run personal record and became ultra-runners in some fairly harsh conditions. None of the runners were deprived of anything they wanted and all left with a smile and a hand-made medal as well as other quality swag.

Glenn and Kathy would be the first to recognize the support they received from many local runners and contributors, and no question the local support was incredible and truly demonstrated Midwest values. It is my guess that next year this run will draw a larger group of us crazies setting records from a farther geographical reach. To the runners of Enid, if you get a chance to run one of Glenn and Kathy’s events, take it and be assured that you will have a good time. You can find Glenn on Facebook.

Gary Prochelo

Leawood, Kan.