Sparks Stampede Raises Awareness Of Cancer, Physical Fitness

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VAN BUREN (KFSM)– A little rain didn’t stop dozens of people from participating in the Sparks Stampede 5K Saturday morning (Oct. 24).

Organizers said all the profits from race registration will go to benefit the River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

5NEWS asked an avid runner what her ideal weather is for racing.

“I think this,” Shanae Core said. “I like rainy days. It’s kind of comfortable, and it’s not too hot.”

At least 150 people took part in the 5K, which kicked at Sparks Medical Center in Van Buren.

“We couldn’t do this without all the employees at the hospital, Sparks Fort Smith and Sparks Van Buren,” Mary Jo Brinkman, director said. “We didn’t pay anybody to do this. This is all just us, and it shows the teamwork we have within the two hospitals.”

This is the second year the event has taken place. Brinkman said the Sparks Stampede not only raises awareness of different forms of cancer affecting people in the community, but it also promotes the importance of physical fitness.