The Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center’s recent benefit run to raise money for abused children exceeded expectations set by staff with the organization.

The Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center’s recent benefit run to raise money for abused children exceeded expectations set by staff with the organization.
A total of $3,972.18 was raised for the center.
“It was a beautiful, yet sunny day,” said Christa Neal, executive director of the PDMCSC.
"The teams were exciting and fun to participate with. It was a great time of getting outside, being active and raising money to support services for abused children."
According to Neal, The Nutrition Den provided tasty and healthy hot chocolate, in addition to training classes and support leading up to the race.
"We appreciated the Arkadelphia Running Club volunteering their services for timing and Print Mania for sponsoring our awesome shirts," said Neal.
For the Run the World 5K and 10K event, Baptist Health held the most registered entrants within a team totaling 22.
Henderson State University followed with 18, while Ouachita Baptist University had 16, Second Baptist Church had 13, The Nutrition Den had 11 team members, Kings of the Hill had nine and the OBU Social Justice Program had eight.
School Teams Central and Peake both had four each, while Compassion Women’s Clinic and First Baptist Church both had two.
The top female 10K finisher was Carrie Taylor of Sherwood. Taylor finished at 46:18, while Richardo Ramirez of Glenwood was the top men’s finisher with a time of 44:46.
The top female and male 5K finishers were Josie Kelley of Monticello and Allen Marterella of Frisco, Texas. They respectively finished at 24:41 and 21:14.
Of the 155 registrants, there were 123 that finished. Sixteen of those were in the 10K, while the remaining 107 concluded the 5K.
The event’s other supporters included the Arkadelphia 4H Club, OBU Soccer, OBU Tri Chi, the Arkadelphia police Department, the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, Arkadelphia Running Club, Arkadelphia Alliance and Chamber of Commerce, Nicole McGough, Kortni Beene, Greg Lathem, Print Mania, D&H Roofing, Arkadelphia Badgers, Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy and the City of Arkadelphia.
“We absolutely did not anticipate the turn out we had,” said Neal.