This year marks the 11th anniversary of the passing of Max Gilpin, a local high school football player who suffered a heat stroke during a team practice. The community remembers Max’s legacy through the annual Norton Children’s Hospital Splash ‘n’ Dash Walk/Run, which was started in his honor five years ago. Splash ‘n’ Dash raises awareness and promotes the importance of staying hydrated in the heat.
The wrath of summer heat in Louisville was apparent on Aug. 20, 2008, when 15-year-old Max and his football team were running sprints. Max suddenly collapsed. An ambulance arrived on the scene and he was rushed to Norton Children’s Hospital. Max’s body temperature was 107 degrees upon arrival. Despite the medical staff’s best efforts, Max passed away after four days at Norton Children’s Hospital.“The tragedy has really brought awareness to the community,” said Michele Crockett, Max’s mother.
Norton Children’s Hospital Splash ‘n’ Dash
You may register as a team or individual. All proceeds benefit Norton Children’s Hospital.
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019
Louisville Waterfront Park ● Big Four Lawn
This year’s Splash ‘n’ Dash will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Louisville Waterfront Park on the Big Four Lawn. Participants can walk or run a 5k course or a kid-friendly 1k course. Both feature plenty of splash zones to stay cool and beat the heat. After the race, families can enjoy the “Just for Kids” Zone with inflatables, a rock wall, water slides and more.
“Splash ‘n’ Dash allows us to not forget about Max and also raise funds for a good cause,” Michele said. “One of my favorite parts of the event are the splash zones, which are a really fun way to stay cool.”
Stay safe in hot temperatures
It’s critical to educate yourself and your family on how to stay safe in the heat. Here are some tips:
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after any outdoor activity.
- Wear loose, light-colored clothing.
- Don’t spend too much time in the sun. Take breaks in the shade or an air-conditioned space indoors.
- Avoid being outside between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., typically the hottest part of the day.
Stay on the lookout for these signs of heat exhaustion:
- Increased thirst
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased sweating
- Cool, clammy skin
- Elevated body temperature
If you or your child experiences these symptoms, move indoors or to a cool, shady area. If symptoms persist, call 911.