Information about the 5K to remember children and honor firefighters in Westport This Saturday-PLEASE JOIN US!
DENVER – Recreational runner Allyson Sigmon ran with a heavy heart in early April.
News spread of rescue personnel working through the night to find the bodies of two children who had suffocated underneath 24 feet of dirt.
James Caldwell, 7, and Chloe Arwood 6, were playing in a construction site when the dirt caved in on them.
Nearly five months after the tragic event, Sigmon’s heavy heart turned to an outstretched hand as she and fellow runner Tanya Dyer have organized Kids at Play 5K to remember the children and honor the emergency workers.
The race will take place at 8 a.m., with packet pick-up starting at 7 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Westport Market Shopping Center. The run will wind through the Westport community.
The race will be one of many family activities that morning.
There will be an American Red Cross blood drive, the National Guard will provide a children’s rock-climbing wall, Denver Health and Fitness will host a Zumba party, Twist and Tuck will bring its inflatable dragon and several local businesses will also set up games.
“We want to make it where everyone in the community, there’s something for them to do,” Sigmon said.
Money raised will be divided four ways: the Denver Fire Department, East Lincoln Fire Department, Catawba Springs Elementary School – the school Caldwell attended – and Long Shoals Wesleyan Academy – the school Arwood attended.
Sigmon said she’s asking the schools to use the money for playground or gym equipment in memory of Caldwell and Arwood.
“These were very active children,” Sigmon said of learning more about the kids from those who knew them. “I feel like this is a way to remember them and that the kids can get something out of it while remembering their classmates.”
Sigmon said she’s asking the fire departments to use the money for rescue training and equipment. In addition to raising money, the event is also an opportunity to show gratitude to the first-responders.
“They’re overlooked in many aspects,” Sigmon said. “This is a chance for the community to come out an say thank you.”
The 5K and fun run costs $10 for children 5-12 years old; $15 for fire, EMS, police and military personnel; and $20 for adults.
Author: Melissa Gute
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