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Brandon Davis, 19, and Allison Bartels, 14, won the male and female divisons of the Run For Sarah 5K on Saturday, May 5. Brandon also won in 2005 in the three-year-old event.

 

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Despite being scheduled against several road races on May 5, the third Run For Sarah saw participation rise again as approximately 1,500 entered the 1-mile and 5K events at Birdville High School in North Richland Hills.

The turnout was about 300 more than last year, officials said. While Run For Sarah attracts only a few of the Fort Worth-Dallas speedsters, it focuses on participation to help raise proceeds to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest. Proceeds help purchase AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) for schools and for research. The race is in memory of Sarah Friend, who died suddenly at the North Richland Hills water park when she was only 12. Sarah's family learned her death was caused by Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle.

``The public does not know about sudden cardiac arrest,'' said Sarah's mother, Laura, who started the event in 2005 in memory of Sarah. ``I can't believe the U.S. does not do more when it is the No. 1 killer in adults and children, on top of that it's a silent killer.''

Brandon Davis, who was running under the name of his 11-month-old son Jason, won the male division in 18:01 over the course that starts and finishes at Birdville High School after a loop through trails at the Home Town neighborhood. He also had won in 2005, but skipped last year because of a stress fracture. Brandon said the time was good considering ``It's the first time I've run in eight months.''

Brandon, who took command of the race down the stretch on Mid-Cities Blvd. under overcast skies and breezy conditions, attended Richland High School before transferring to Central High his senior year. He's now attending Tarrant County College.

Allison Bartels, 14, who attends Grapevine High School, also ran the first Run For Sarah, but the her results were quite a bit different as she was the first woman to cross the finish line Saturday. She said her effort the first year was ``terrible. I was about a minute and a half faster'' this year, which was 21:24.8.