Friends and Neighbors: Joy of running led to O'Brien starting annual Farmers Day Fun Run


Tonia Copeland

Former Kimball High School track coach Pat O'Brien started the Farmers Day Fun in 1982, and coordinated the event for more than 30 years.

The 1970s and 1980s bring several things to mind - disco, big hair and running. Wait? Running?

Running was a popular activity during the time, according to local retired teacher Patrick O'Brien, for whom running has been a major part of life.

"I was a runner before I moved back to Kimball and I had ran in a few fun runs," he said. "BJ (Peters) was a runner here, and so he and I worked out together and we would go around the panhandle and run in some of the fun runs."

The inspiration to spearhead a fun run in Kimball came from participating in those area events. In addition to running recrea...

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