DRAFFENVILLE - It was a day of reflection, celebration and of continued prayer for two local families whose lives were forever impacted by a vehicular collision that occurred this past Memorial Day.
In addition to the physical injuries suffered by both Shane McKenty and Landon Lovett, families continue to experience a rollercoaster of emotion as an arrest was recently made in the case which is now making its way through the court system.
Through it all, the community has remained steadfast in their support of all involved, hosting prayer rallies, fundraisers and offering their assistance in most every way possible.
On Saturday, the community once again came together for the ‘Running for Recovery’ 5k run and 1 mile fun walk in honor of Shane and Landon.
While this event featured hundreds of community participants, perhaps one who stood out among others was Shane McKenty, as he himself, after months of rehabilitation and physical therapy, was able to participate in the 1 mile walk.
For many, this was the first time since the accident that they had seen the Marshall County youth, heightening the level of emotion among those in attendance.
Also there and joining in the run were several of Landon’s family members and sorority sisters who had made the trip from West Kentucky University to honor their friend who remains in a coma in a Nashville hospital.
Just before the 5k began, those working the registration table reported having more than 200 participants.
The 1 mile fun walk/run began at 10 a.m. with the 5k starting out at 11 a.m., under sunny skies but very chilly temperatures. ‘Cheerleaders stood along the route's sidelines offering their support and encouragement to the red-faced runners.
While we have not yet received a complete list of finish times, Jason Darnall came in first place in the 5k with an impressive overall time of 18:22.
Following an eventful morning full of fellowship and good times, the families of both Shane and Landon issued statements via Facebook thanking everyone for their continued prayer and support.