MARIETTA, OK--The Marietta frontier days has been an annual event for 46 years, but this is only the second year that benefit roundup races have been a part of the tradition.
The roundup raises money through one mile and 5k races to help members of the community. Organizer Marcia Miller said the funds raised last year went to an area man.
"Robert Riley, he was young man who had leukemia so we helped him raise money for his benefit" said miller.
This year more than 200 runners came together in downtown Marietta to bring some joy to three young girls who lost their mother earlier this year.
"And we decided because of their recent loss we would send them to Disneyworld" said Miller.
Their mother 29-year-old Enedina Ochoa died 3 months ago in a fatal car accident. Friends and family say she was known as Paola, and that she was an adored waitress at La Roca restaurant.
"Anytime you went into La Roca you were always greeted with a smile, she always had a great attitude and she brought joy into your life and she always cared and had a big heart towards everybody" said Brannan.
Sara Brannan, a friend of Paola's, said she hopes raising money to send her girls to Disneyworld with their grandmother will help ease their suffering.
"We hope as a community we've been able to pull it in together and do this for her girls, and let them at least just be little girls for a little bit, maybe just forget all the terrible things that have happened. I know it's not going to take away the pain but just let them be the princess they are the way their mother treated them" said Brannan.
Community members also remembered Robbie Brooks at the event, a beloved Ardmore woman who was killed in a boating accident over the memorial day weekend.
"She was very very contagious in her smiles, and hugs, and love for others" said Becca Barnes.
Organizers said both women will be dearly missed and that they plan on keeping the benefit run a part of the Frontier Days tradition.