Heart Association aims to train 5,000 for CPR in one day

By Staff

The American Heart Association is asking members of the University of Colorado community to help achieve a goal of 5,000 trainees at a free CPR training event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 at the University of Denver's Hamilton Gymnasium.

The association is teaming with Centura Health, Exempla Healthcare and HealthONE in a bid to set a record for number of people trained in one day. Basic CPR skills will be taught by trained professionals. While participants of all ages will gain the skills to save a life, CPR certification is not provided.

Trainings will occur every hour on the hour throughout the day. The first training begins at 9 a.m.; the last at 4 p.m.

The gym is at the Ritchie Center, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd., Denver. For information on available parking, directions and light rail instructions, visit

Less than 5 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive because most people who witness the arrest do not know how to perform CPR. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at anytime. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.

To register, go to AHA Free Mass CPR training. For groups of 50 or more contact, Ashley McCurrach at 303-996-8690.