Race goal is $40000 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital – Arkansas Online
CONWAY Ã¢Â€Â” Karil Greeson of Conway, race director for the fourth annual FreezinÃ¢Â€Â™ for a Reason 5K/10K, said the goal for this yearÃ¢Â€Â™s event is 700 participants and $40,000, Ã¢Â€Âœwhich is certainly something I think is attainable.Ã¢Â€Â
The event, sponsored by the Faulkner County Chapter of Circle of Friends, will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 6 at John McConnell Stadium at Conway High School, 2300 Prince St. The race will benefit Arkansas ChildrenÃ¢Â€Â™s Hospital in Little Rock.
Greeson said that last year, 619 people participated in the event, and they raised Ã¢Â€Âœa little overÃ¢Â€Â $35,000. The race has become the largest fundraiser in Faulkner County for Arkansas ChildrenÃ¢Â€Â™s Hospital, she said.
Adults and children may walk or run, and there is a wheelchair start. The cost is $30 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K; $10 for children ages 11 and younger. The day of the race, all entry fees will be $35. All participants will receive a red long-sleeved T-shirt. Participants in the 10K will receive a technical shirt. Registration is available online at freezin4areason. org until 11:59 p.m. Feb. 4. Late registration will be held Feb. 5 at The Sporty Runner in downtown Conway. Race-day registration will be held until 8:30 a.m.
A Lap for Life, one lap around the track, will be held at approximately 10:45 a.m. to honor past and present patients of Arkansas ChildrenÃ¢Â€Â™s Hospital.
A prerace pasta party will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 5 at First United Methodist Church. The public is invited. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children or $25 per household. Tickets may be purchased on the website.
If someone wants to support a runner or the cause without participating in either event, he may be a spirit runner and donate online. Spirit runners receive T-shirts, too, Greeson said.
Volunteers for the race are also needed, Greeson said, and individuals may sign up on the website.
The FreezinÃ¢Â€Â™ for a Reason event includes food, as well as childrenÃ¢Â€Â™s activities such as games, bounce houses and face painting.
Greeson said she was invited to join the Faulkner County Chapter of Circle of Friends a few years ago.
She was director of the first race in 2013.
Greeson gave birth to identical twin daughters in 2013, and they had a rare condition called twin anemia polycythemia sequence, or TAPS. Daughter Isabella spent five days at Arkansas ChildrenÃ¢Â€Â™s Hospital.
Ã¢Â€ÂœNever in a million years could I have predicted the very hospital I was raising money for would later have such a huge personal impact for me,Ã¢Â€Â Greeson said. Ã¢Â€ÂœNow I feel like, Ã¢Â€Â˜Oh, I see why we do this.Ã¢Â€Â™Ã¢Â€Â
Senior writer Tammy Keith can be reached at (501) 327-0370 or email@example.com.