Good Samaritan Stroke Services Hosting 5K

Good Samaritan’s Stroke Services Department is hosting a 5K this fall to raise stroke awareness in the community. The BEFAST 5K will take place on October 30, 2021 at Lincoln High School in Vincennes, Indiana at 8 a.m. (ET).

Sponsored in large part by First Vincennes Savings Bank, the BEFAST 5K will include a 5K run / walk, one-mile walk and an honor walk for stroke survivors. Funds raised from the race will be used to purchase medical equipment and cardiac rehabilitation sessions for stroke patients.

“A stroke happens suddenly and before you know it, your whole world is turned upside down,” said Erika Watts, Good Samaritan Stroke Program Coordinator and 5K Chair. “Stroke awareness is important because, similar to a heart attack, a stroke needs to be treated quickly. If you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke, it is crucial to act FAST. Call 911 immediately, because the longer you wait for care, the more damage is done to the brain.”

Registration for the 5K is $45 and $25 for the one-mile walk. Awards will be given for top overall female and male runner, and also top male and female runners in each age group. Medals will be handed out to all 5K participants who finish the race. Those who register by September 17 will be guaranteed a t-shirt and goodie bag. Registration forms can be completed online by visiting www.gshvin.org/befast5k. Race questions can be sent to Erika Watts at ewatts@gshvin.org. Those who wish to volunteer or sponsor the event can contact Shannon Meek at smeek@gshvin.org.

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