LIMA — Warrior mode is a state of mind.
And Saturday, that state of mind gains legs as it becomes an area-wide first-of-its-kind fundraising event so big it has to be split between two venues, DeHaven Complex and Faurot Park.
Beginning at noon, its games and face painting and activities. At 2 p.m., a Warrior Mode Urban Athlon kicks off at Faurot Park. That “race,” is open to anyone, regardless of physical ability. “For me, I want something that’s fun. In this race, you can push yourselt to go far, or if you just want to go for a small portion, that’s fine. Warrior Mode is all about developing a positive attitude, and that means having some fun in life,” said Brad Keenan.
Keenan, who has battled colon cancer, has needed that positive attitude in his battle. He joined forces with other warriors, Tim DeHaven and Cory Trenkamp, to bring this event to Lima.
For the race, participants will be given a site map with checkpoints throughout. Fun activities can be done at each checkpoint, with participants choosing how far they want to go in the two hours allotted for the race. For the hard-core runners in the group, the entire course is roughly nine miles that begins and ends at the park.
Afterward, the party continues at DeHaven where a silent auction will be held, athlete autograph sessions, and a big screen TV showing the Final Four game. Also, a bier garten by Vino Bellissimo will be available.
“For me, I’ve got three goals I want to come out of this day. I want people to come out and support one another. I want to raise awareness, I have colon cancer and I want people to talk about early testing, and I want to raise money locally,” Keenan said.
Proceeds benefit local cancer needs at Lim Memorial Health System, the Christian Amputee Support Team and the WCO Paralysis Foundation.