Frozen Feet 5K

Story and photos
by Stephanie Byrnes

Nearly 200 runners gathered in freezing temperatures for Conway’s second annual Frozen Feet 5K.

The race, hosted by the Junior Auxiliary of Conway, raised money and support for other non-profit organizations, including Independent Living Services, HAVEN (Help for Abuse Victims in Emergency Need), CAPCA (Community Action Program for Central Arkansas) and Bethlehem House. Donations were also made to Conway Public Schools in the form of scarves, socks, mittens, caps and gloves.

Runners were encouraged to wear costumes and jingle bells as they set out to spread some holiday cheer before they were welcomed at the finish line by Santa Claus.

The event was largely dedicated this year in memory of Mandie Hoelscher, a JA life member who passed away earlier this year and loved her community and running. Numerous community volunteers helped with this event, including the Conway Running Club, The Summit Church Conway and Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. In addition, more than 25 local businesses showed financial support for this charitable event.

B98.5 morning show host Jeff Matthews announced the event. Event co-chair Laura Harrell said the event was all about becoming “an organization that the community knows they can call with a need; whether it be monetary, physical, spiritual or emotional, we want to be a resource for getting people the help they need.”