The ninth annual Lub Dub 5/10K Run/Walk is expecting over 500 participants Saturday for the event that benefits those in the community who have heart disease.
According to information provided by the Bothwell Regional Health Center Foundation, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in Pettis and Benton counties.
“The Bothwell Foundation has multiple different funds for different needs,” said Lisa Church, BRHC Foundation executive director. “We have a cancer fund and woman’s fund. These funds go into our Camye Callis Gaspard Memorial Heart Fund. Those dollars are used specifically for programs to fight heart disease.”
In the past, the fund has purchased equipment for the BRHC cardiac catheterization lab, helped to send a doctor out of state for training and purchased equipment for the cardiac rehabilitation program.
“We just recently bought some AEDs (automated external defibrillators) that will go here in Sedalia and some that will go in Benton County,” Church said.
All proceeds raised by the event stay in the local area.
“All of those dollars stay right here at home,” Church said. “It goes specifically to the cause for taking care of local patients and people in this area. Funds aren’t held out for marketing or fundraising costs, all of that stays right here. That’s important.”
Lub Dub registration is from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Saturday with the run/walk beginning at 8 a.m. in BRHC’s south parking lot at 15th Street and Collins Avenue.
“We actually have three different events,” Church said. “We have a 5K walk, a 5K run and a 10K run. People have a choice of what they want to do.”
Church added that the participation in the event has continued to climb over the years.
“The first year, in 2008, they barely had 100 participants,” she noted. “Last year we had 566 who had registered to participate. It really has grown a lot.
“One of the things that we’ve really focused on has been to keep it fresh,” she added. “When you have activities like this that take place every year, it’s really easy to say ‘OK we’ve always done it like this, so this is how we are going to continue.’ So, each year we try to add something new or change something, hopefully for the better.”
Finish medals have been added to this year’s Lub Dub for every participant who crosses the finish line. Two years ago they added chip timing to the race.
“I’m pretty sure we’re still the only race in Sedalia that does chip timing,” she added. “What that means is your (racing) bib has a computer chip in it. All the runners pin those onto their shirts.
“When you cross the start mat, that chip is activated, so it starts your timing. When you cross the finish mat, it closes your timing, so then you have an exact, accurate time of your performance.”
Having an exact time for many runners is important.
“A lot of times they aren’t just competing against the person next to them, they’re really competing against their own time,” she noted. “It’s to try and improve their own time.”
Church said she’s observed two types of participants for the race. Those who enjoy the social aspect of it and those who enjoy competitive running.
“One of the things about this event is that we get a mix of crowds,” she said. “Because we have the 5K walk you have people who are there because they believe in the cause, because they like that physical activity and it’s a social event”
Friday morning Church said 489 people had pre-registered for the event. She expected an additional 50 to 75 to register Saturday.
“Participation is excellent, we have a really good team that works on that,” she added. “Rick Schlesselman is our race director. He is from Cole Camp, and this is very personal for him. He had a heart attack when he was 36.
“That’s when he became involved with the Foundation,” Church said. “He has served on our Foundation board, I think, since the very beginning. This is a cause that’s very personal. He works really hard on a lot of those details.”
Lub Dub registration is from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Saturday with the run/walk beginning at 8 a.m. The event will take off from BRHC’s south parking lot at 15th Street and Collins Avenue. The cost is $30 for the 5K run/walk and $40 for the 10K run.
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