Race goal is $40000 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital – Arkansas Online

CONWAY — Karil Greeson of Conway, race director for the fourth annual Freezin’ for a Reason 5K/10K, said the goal for this year’s event is 700 participants and $40,000, “which is certainly something I think is attainable.”

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 Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Greeson said that last year, 619 people participated in the event, and they raised “a little over” $35,000. The race has become the largest fundraiser in Faulkner County for Arkansas Children’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 Children’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 Freezin’ for a Reason event includes food, as well as children’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 Children’s Hospital.

“Never 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,” Greeson said. “Now I feel like, ‘Oh, I see why we do this.’”

Senior writer Tammy Keith can be reached at (501) 327-0370 or tkeith@arkansasonline.com.