The second annual Dr. L. Daniel Burtner Trauma Trot and Kids Safety Expo will be held at 7:30 a.m. May 25 in Penn Laird.
Proceeds from the Trauma Trot will be used to provide injury prevention education and outreach to local children. The RMH Emergency Department, RMH Foundation
, Safe Kids Central Shenandoah Valley and the Shenandoah Valley Emergency Nurses Association are sponsoring the event.
“Our goal as nurses in the RMH Emergency Department
is to keep children from visiting us at work,” said Paula Neher, RN, Emergency Department. “We would much rather see them healthy and happy at the Trauma Trot.”
According to Neher, the RMH Emergency Department treated almost 14,000 pediatric patients (those age 18 and under) in 2012—more than 18 percent of all patients. Almost 3,500 of those patients were seen for injuries. Neher said preventable injuries are the leading cause of death among children under the age of 14.
The 8K and 5K runs are open to all runners while the 1K is available for children under the age of 12. Parents may run with their children in the 1K at no cost. Awards for the 5K and 8K will be given based on age divisions. The top-three finishers in the children’s race will also receive awards.
Local first responders will have safety displays, including the AirCare rescue helicopter and the Rockingham County Fire and Rescue Department swift water rescue boat.
More than 80 runners competed in the 2012 Trauma Trot with the proceeds providing almost 500 bicycle helmets for community children.
Entry fees are:
$30 for 8K, $25 for 5K and $15 for 1K.
To register, visit RMHTraumaTrot.com
. Register by May 10 and receive a free T-shirt. Packet pick-up is Friday, May 24 at the RMH main concourse. The run will be held at the Dr. L. Daniel Burtner Farm located at 641 Lawyer Rd in Penn Laird. Participants are asked to park at the neighboring Peak View Elementary School.