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5K run honors Region 8 woman killed September 11th

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT)- Runners from all across the Mid-south will be lacing up their tennis shoes Saturday morning in remembrance of a Batesville woman who lost her life on 9-11. Organizers were out Friday getting everything set up for the 4th annual Sara Low Memorial 5K Run.

"She was a flight attendant on Flight 11 and that was the first plane to hit the twin towers," says Mindy Lacefield. Sara Low lost her life September 11th, 2001. Low was only 28 years-old. "I looked up to Sara. I wish I could have been more like her, and I try to be to this day," says Lacefield.

Lacefield started the Sara Low Memorial 5k Run along with Ken McSpadden back in 2006. "I thought it was a great idea so we both just took it and ran with it," says McSpadden. Literally! Nearly three hundred participants have already registered from all over the Mid-south, and organizers are expecting more.

"It's just grown ever since then. It's really become something really special so that we can remember Sara," says Lacefield.

The 5K run starts in front of Batesville High School and ends on the track at the 50 yard line. "It's a very challenging course but you know her dad said Sara loved the challenge," says McSpadden.

"It was course that Sara and I trained on for track season and it's just very special," says Lacefield.

Saturday will be extra special with the Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial Field on display. "To make it different this year, we also made it a tribute to the military," says McSpadden.

Before the race a Memorial service will be held for Sara and those who lost there lives on 9-11. "She was from this community and it was just a loss for this community," says McSpadden. A community that is ensuring a loved ones memory stays alive. "This is home for her and it's just really special," says Lacefield.

Proceeds from the run benefit the Sara Low Scholarship, which is given out to a Batesville High School senior each year. If you want to register for the run it's not too late! Day registration will take place Saturday morning at Batesville High School starting at 6 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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