Saline Memorial 5K
SALINE MEMORIAL 5K TO FUND CPR EQUIPMENT FOR SALINE COUNTY STUDENTS
The Saline Memorial Health Foundation and Everett Buick GMC are making plans for the 8th annual The Beat Goes On 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, February 27. Proceeds from the event will fund CPR equipment and education for all Saline County schools—ensuring all graduating students are CPR trained.
“This race is held in February to coincide with American Heart Month,” said Matt Brumley, SMH foundation director. “We encourage the entire community to participate and bring your friends and family. Not only is this a fun event, but your participation will make a long-term impact on our students and their ability to act in an emergency situation.”
The donation is in conjunction with an ongoing relationship with the American Heart Association.
“Schools are such an integral part our communities,” said Joyce Taylor, executive director of the American Heart Association. “By helping to teach life-saving CPR techniques, we are hoping to increase bystander action throughout Arkansas. The American Heart Association is proud that Saline Memorial Health Foundation is helping to make this easier for students by providing CPR kits to all high schools in the county.”
According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 326,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
"Anything that provides our students the skills and tools to potentially take control of an emergency situation is a necessity for Bauxite Schools,” said Tyler Tarver, Director of Curriculum/Instruction at Bauxite Schools.
Many feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR.
“We want to empower students with the knowledge and training that can potentially help save a life—which makes Saline County a safer place for all,” said Brumley.
To encourage participation, the Foundation has planned “50 Days to 5K”-- 50 prizes given away (one each day) leading up to the race on February 27. Winners will be selected at random from the current list of registered participants and will have the opportunity to win a Fire tablet, Sony headphones, Fitbit, speakers, gift certificates, new running shoes from Go!Running and more.
“Once you register, your name remains in the drawing until the end,” said Brumley, “so the sooner you sign up, the more chances you have to win some amazing prizes.”
The Beat Goes On 5K (3.1 miles), which is a certified course, will start at SMH and will take participants through downtown Benton. This is a chip timed race. Online registration is available at www.SalineMemorial.org or participants can download a registration form on arkansasrunner.com. Pre-registration is $20 or $25 the day of the event. Included in the registration fee is a long-sleeved race t-shirt.
“You don’t have to be a runner to participate,” said Brumley. “Come join the fun with your friends as we come together to fight heart disease and make our community a safer place.”
For more information or to register online, visit www.salinememorial.org or call 776-6746.