Searcy residents light up streets

By Lisa Burnett Originally Published February 21, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated February 20, 2013 at 10:06 a.m.
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Robin Connell, executive director of the White County Children’s Safety Center, shows off some of the items that will be included in race packets for the Light Up the Streets 1K/5K Glo Run on Saturday in Searcy.

People who live in Searcy will be given the opportunity to run and have fun while they benefit the White County Children’s Safety Center during the 2013 Light Up the Streets 1K/5K Glo Run on Saturday.

The race will start at 7 p.m., while registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The race will commence and finish at the Searcy courthouse square.

Robin Connell, executive director of the White County Children’s Safety Center, said she hopes the event will raise up to $10,000 for the nonprofit organization.

“We have over 400 people registered to race already,” Connell said. “It’s gotten to be bigger than we expected.”

This race is different from other races because this event is run at night.

Runners will be given glow-in-the-dark bracelets, and the course will be lit up with LED markers and balloons, Connell said.

“Runners will come dressed in their own glow-in-the-dark gear,” Connell said. “We have lots of people signing up in teams.”

Runners in the race will each have the first name of a child victim who they are running in honor of on their race bib, according to the race’s website.

Participants who aren’t quite ready to run a full 5K have the option of running a 1K race, which the race’s website says is perfect for children, families and those who want to walk/run a shorter distance in honor of the victims the safety center serves each year.

The White County Children’s Safety Center offers services to children in the community who have been victims of sexual or physical abuse.

In 2012, the center saw around 245 children, Connell said.

Children who are seen in the center are offered a more “child friendly” environment for forensic interviews and sexual-assault exams.

“[The center] sees anywhere from 20 to 25 children involved in an investigation every month,” Connell said.

The race has piqued the interest of college students and young people within the community, she said.

“People are excited,” Connell said.

Runners will be provided hot chocolate at the end of the race, and water stations throughout the course will be lit with black lights, Connell said.

Information on the White County Children’s Safety Center and race registration is available at www.whitecountycsc.com and on the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LightUpTheStreets.

Staff writer Lisa Burnett can be reached at (501)244-4307 or lburnett@arkansasonline.com.

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