Race for Lace 5K nets $65K for cystic fibrosis research (PHOTOS)

Kids 5K race

Families gather at the starting line for the Kids 5K race.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 04:08 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has another $65,000 following Saturday’s fourth annual Great Strides Race for Lace in Downtown Crestview, event co-director Kristy Kolmetz said.

"Every year we have grown considerably," she said. "There was a little over 600 people that ran."

See an image gallery from Saturday's Great Strides Race for Lace 5K>>

Katie Eichling of Niceville brought her daughters Izzy, 2, and Taylor, 6, to support the cause for Lacy Adams, 4, of Baker. Lacy's family started the event to raise awareness for the chronic disease, which, in the U.S., affects nearly 3,000 people's lungs and digestive systems, according to the foundation's website.  Those with CF develop thick mucus that can clog lungs — causing infections — and obstruct the pancreas, hindering digestion.

Many participants last weekend came to support a family member or friend with CF; and those who showed up appreciated the turnout.

"It's awesome; I really love the fact that there are this many (people) that come out to support this," Eiching said.

Charlie Clark, 41, of Pensacola, participated to support his 5-year-old daughter Sofia, who uses instruments to help her breathe.   

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