The event is named for Shelby Glisson, a Friendship Christian School graduate who had a rare lung condition that took her life last year. Her mother, Michele Glisson, along with some of Shelby’s friends, began the glow run to honor her daughter’s memory and to support students who deal with health issues.
“Shelby wanted to do something like this after the second transplant, a color run or glow run. There were already color runs, so I thought this would be different,” Michele Glisson said.
The Shine for Shelby team added three more glowing arches this year, as well as some additional glowing orbs and a Shine for Shelby sign.
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Shelby attended the University of Chattanooga’s nursing program and was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority.
Michele Glisson said Shelby moved back to Lebanon with plans to attend Cumberland University to finish out her nursing major, but Shelby’s health was rapidly deteriorating. She had a second lung transplant Aug. 12, 2014. The surgery brought about numerous complications. Shelby Glisson died Feb. 4, 2016.
Greg Armstrong, founder of the nonprofit Run4Water, was Shelby’s biology teacher at Friendship Christian School and helped the Shine for Shelby 5K with timing equipment and run-organization expertise.
“They are an amazing organization. They let us go through them to help establish our name so we can get our own 501(c)3. We really appreciate them,” Michele Glisson said.
Money raised during the run will go into scholarships for nursing students who deal with health issues. Last year, money from the run went to fund a scholarship for a nursing student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where Shelby Glisson attended. Funds from the run this year will go to support a nursing student at Cumberland University.
The run included a one-mile loop course around College Hills Church of Christ and Winfree Bryant Middle School. Runners in the 5K did the loop three times with an additional 10th of a mile, and Fun Run participants did the loop once.
The 5K run winners were Bryson Glover as the top male and Taylor Sturm and Jacob Honea finished second and third, respectively. Melissa Sevenich was the top female with Karen Dedman in second and Jennifer Huffaker in third.
For more information about the Shine for Shelby run, visit shineforshelby.org.
Democrat staff writer Xavier Smith contributed to this report.