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Run 4 Her Heart 5k a success

One of the Run 4 Her Heart 5k posters.

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Lucas Cook

One of the Run 4 Her Heart 5k posters.

Lucas Cook

Lucas Cook

One of the Run 4 Her Heart 5k posters.

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The third annual Run 4 Her Heart 5K was held March 21. The race was created to celebrate heart health and to spread awareness of heart disease.

The race was originally started as a beneficial race to a 500 mile club here at ER and the adviser of the club, English teacher Jay Bates, suggested that they raise money for Go Red For Women, an organization that aims to tackle the issue of cardiovascular disease in females.

According to Go Red For Women, heart disease is the number one killer of females in America. One in three women in America die of cardiovascular problems, or approximately one female per minute.

Usually 250-300 people take part in the race each year, and they have raised eight to 10 thousand dollars each time. Although the proceeds mostly go to Go Red For Women, a portion of the money is donated to the Emerald Ridge track team. This time, 206 people showed up to the race.

“My favorite part about the race is the start,” Bates said. “Every year they get a different woman survivor to speak about cardiovascular disease.”

The race was roughly 3.1 miles. Participants ran laps around the ER track, through the Deer Ridge neighborhood, down the street and back to the track to finish the race. There are different winners for varying categories depending on age groups, but the first person to cross the finish line was Justin Lancaster, an adult.

AP U.S. and U.S. Government teacher Brad Mirk  joined the race for fun.

“My favorite part [of the race] was running with my wife,” Mirk said.

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