#LiveLocalFS || 25th Annual Survivors Challenge

Hopefully by now, you are all very well versed in the #LiveLocalFS series that I’m doing. I’m not sure if this ever came across quite how I intended for it to, but the whole point of the mini-series is to showcase this wonderful town that we all have the pleasure of living in. I absolutely adore this town, and I know some people don’t know a lot about Fort Smith – they may have just moved here recently, they may commute from smaller towns here to come work, or they may live in a bigger city like Fayetteville and not really see the appeal to a smaller town like Fort Smith. Well I’m here to tell you, Fort Smith is constantly surprising me with the progress it has been making lately.

Who reading this has taken part in local events recently? Please comment and let me know. We’ve had some great local events lately – let me highlight a few:

Ø  The UnexpectedFS festival {that art is incredible and makes our town vibrant!}

Ø  The Dragon Boat Races {how fortunate are we to live in a river town where we can do these fun things?}

Ø  Ales for Trails {a personal favorite…for obvious reasons}

Ø  New York in the Fort {sadly I was out of town and didn’t get to attend!}

These are all relatively newer events to Fort Smith, AR and I love each one of them. They are all unique, and they all require hard work from board members, and it requires participation from the people in our community. My heart soars when I see how the good people of Fort Smith have been showing up to support community events! Especially these new, exciting, and ambitious events. But today, I want to talk about an event that’s been around for quite some time.  For 25 years, in fact..

Let’s talk about The 2016 Survivors Challenge – The 25th ANNUAL EVENT

I remember when I was in junior high school and high school, I myself ran the 5k portion of the Survivors Challenge, and I have very fond memories of running this race. My best memory was sprinting like my life depended on it to beat a girl ahead of me during the final stretch of the race {I know you’re all dying to know, and yes, I did end up beating her – success!} I’m not a runner, not athletic at all, and certainly not a huge fan of running, but somehow I was in cross country for years & years – yes, I started because I wanted to impress a boy – don’t all teenagers do not-the-brightest things for puppy love?

Back then, I didn’t really comprehend the complexity behind this race – I went because our coaches made us. As I’ve grown older, the Survivors Challenge has grown more meaningful and even more of a staple event in our community. Have you heard of this event? Let me tell you a little bit about what the event stands for and supports.

I got the privilege of meeting with Kandice Poirier, Events Coordinator at the support house. The 2016 Survivors Challenge is going to be held the weekend of October 14th-October 15th, and is presented by The Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House. Each year, runners from all over the region gather together to participate in the Survivors Challenge, where they support the Cancer Support House. It’s an opportunity for everyone to memorialize loved ones fighting cancer, or those who are currently fighting the tough battle. This year, to commemorate the 25th YEAR {can we just pause and appreciate the support this awesome community and this important organization have given over the past 25 years? Having an event last this long is impressive and not an easy feat, and it’s all thanks to our WONDERFUL COMMUNITY!}, they are having their first annual Survivors Challenge WEEKEND! Not just a run, but a whole weekend full of festivities. The 25th Annual Survivors Challenge is also teaming up with Over The Edge to bring a rappelling challenge to all of you daredevils amongst us. Don’t worry, Over The Edge has the highest level SPRAT certification that you can possibly have – this shindig will be safe as can be!

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect this year:

FRIDAY NIGHT {October 14th,1-4PM}: 

Ø  Over The Edge VIP night –> Come out to the First National Bank in Downtown Fort Smith to watch local celebrities rappel first national bank. On Friday from 1-3 pm, the Fort Smith Fire Department will be testing the ropes to ensure everyone’s safety. Starting at 4pm, local celebrities, including Congressman Womack, Dawson Meadows, and my personal favorite, everyone’s most loved local weather man, GARRETT LEWIS, will be rappelling down the side of First National downtown. We encourage everyone to come out and watch as these brave souls make their trek down the building.

SATURDAY {October 15th}

Ø  Survivors Challenge Race –> There’s a few options for all of you athletes here. The first option is the 10k Race, beginning at 8am at the Cancer Support House. The second option {a little less scary intense, is the 5k Race & walk, starting at 8:10am The third option is the Celebration Walk, which starts at 08:20am. If you’re not up for running – you can still UNRUN and donate to the cause! You can also go to the website, found here, and see who still needs donations to meet their Over the Edge goal!

Ø  Survivors Challenge FESTIVAL, 9am until the party stops –>Now we’re talking. This sounds like my kind of party. Starting at 9am in downtown Fort Smith, the festival will have your favorite local food trucks, kegs provided by Core Brewing {hello, now we’re really talking,} and entertainment for the kids! There will be a huge inflatable tv that will be playing the AR vs. Ole Miss game, and live music by The Crumbs! You’ll also get to watch people rappel down First National Bank all.day.long.

Does any of this sound intriguing to you? Check out the website, found here, for more information and to SIGN UP. In order to rappel Over the Edge of First National, you have to fundraise, which you can start doing on the website above! Here’s a breakdown of what your money will get you {graphic provided by The Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, because I’m just not that talented!}

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Not wanting to rappel, but feeling like your boss should? Well, how about you TOSS YOUR BOSS!  Raise $1,500 and you can register you boss to rappel. If they are too scared, your boss will sit in the “chicken coop” on the ground, but they’ll have to raise $500 more to get out! Hmm..I can think of a few bosses of mine that might like rappel {Thank GOODNESS, it took me until this very time typing “rappel” to spell it correctly and not have autocorrect flip out..}

For signing up for these events, you’ll get a “swag bag,” and everyone loves a good swag bag.

This cause is becoming very near and dear to my heart. I will be doing a follow up post soon with a full tour of the Cancer Support House in an effort to give you insight into all of the wonderful services they provide to our community – from a salon for cancer patients with free wigs, to gas vouchers and grocery vouchers for those who have to travel to treatments. This facility is run by donations – they receive no state or federal funding. It’s imperative for our community to step up for events like this and donate to a cause that means more to this community than some will ever know.

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The top of the First National Bank building in downtown Fort Smith

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Swoon. I mean, wait, what? You didn’t read that, I’ll never tell. Thanks again Garrett for supporting the Reynolds Cancer Support House!
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For more information, view the website, http://www.reynoldscancersupporthouse.org, or please message me and I can either answer your questions or get you in contact with someone who can {..this option seems more likely!} I especially want to thank Kandice for being kind enough to sit and speak with me about this event, and for providing the pictures seen above!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “#LiveLocalFS || 25th Annual Survivors Challenge

  1. Incredibly generous community indeed. It seems as though cancer has touched almost everyone’s life in one way or another. I would so do the building rappel. Now if they only had a zip line!!!!!!!!!

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