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Race for a Healthier Tomorrow – Meet Kristen Saffa

The Race for a Healthier Tomorrow, presented by Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, offers something for everyone. This 5K and 1-mile Family Fun Walk will be virtual – with more opportunity for more people to join the FUN. All ages and physical levels are encouraged to participate on Saturday, November 7. Proceeds support  funding for a statewide health system that reaches as many children as possible. Arkansas Children’s mission is to champion children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow. Race for a Healthier Tomorrow C0-chairman Krista Saffa shares insight + enthusiasm for her continued service with Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary.

Registration Fee: $25 (18+); $10 (5-17); $5 (4 and under) Register now and start a fundraising team at support.archildrens.org/race

How did you become involved with Arkansas Children’s? I became involved with the Auxiliary after my son, Charlie, was admitted at ACH for RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). After spending seven nights at the hospital and watching the doctors and nurses care for him, I knew I had to give back my time to help support the work done at the hospital.

What is your present role + past roles with Arkansas Children’s? I first became involved with the auxiliary as chairman of the annual spring fundraiser, A La Carte. After working on that event, I was asked to help with the 1st annual Race for a Healthier Tomorrow. As an avid runner, it seemed like a perfect fit to help as co-chairman for its 2nd year.

What does a Race for Healthier Tomorrow mean to you? The race is so important to me as a runner and as an advocate for building a healthy lifestyle for both adults and children. It’s especially important in where our world is today, I think the race is a great way to get outside with your family, and do something that will make you healthier and stronger together!

What can participants expect from this year’s Race for Healthier Tomorrow? Like all things 2020, the race looks a bit different than last year. We are going virtual! What makes this event fun is that you don’t have to commit to doing 3.25 miles all at once. If you are just starting a work out regime or scared to tackle your first 5k, you can break up the mileage over the course of a few days and still be able to reach that 5k goal! I love the idea and hope it gets more people on the pavement excited about creating a healthier lifestyle for their families.

What keeps you living + giving in Central Arkansas? I was born and raised in Little Rock and knew I would always move back home. There is something special about our town and everyone is always committed to giving back to our community. It’s inspiring to see how many nonprofit organizations we have in our town and how many ways everyone works together to make it a better place to live.

Now, some fun facts…What’s on your running playlist? Where do you run? My usual running route is through my neighborhood.  We live in the Heights but one of the stipulations when we were looking for homes to raise our families was that I needed at least a 4 mile route that didn’t require me to cross any major roads.  I try to run at least 3-4 miles several times a week while switching off with a Peloton ride.  My playlist can very dramatically based on my mood but a usual favorite is The Greatest Showman sound track!  There is no way that music can’t keep you upbeat and ready to hit the pavement!

Photography by Lori Sparkman Photography

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