Race For Grief – Annual Event on Memorial Day
Race For Grief
Memorial Day – May 30, 2016
10K, 5K run & 2 mile walk & Kids K (new in 2016)
West Bountiful Park, Utah
Come join us to honor your loved ones on Memorial Day at the Race For Grief event. A 10K run (6.2 miles), 5K run (3.1 miles), 2 mile walk & Kids K (non-timed) will be offered. The races will begin at 8 a.m. from West Bountiful Park. The walk starts at 8:05 and the Kids K will start at 10:15 a.m.
In 2016 we will be adding a kids K (non-timed but they will get a finish medal – they must be registered to get a medal). Look for the special early, early bird pricing to be announced at the end of the May on the Blonde Runner Health & RFG Facebook pages. Special 3-day pricing.
Join the conversation on the Race For Grief Facebook page
Here’s what people are saying about the event:
“I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for putting on this event. I enjoyed my experience completing my first 10k. What I really enjoyed is running for the cause. This event was a great way to gather a group of people together who share a common thread, of pregnancy or infant loss. I lost my first son seven years ago, running and training to complete this 10K has helped me even now in my healing – including my sense of getting stronger in mind and body. I not only completed this goal for him, I did it for my other three amazing children as well. I have marked this event on my calendar for next year!” ~ Erin R.
A message from Blonde Runner
Many years ago I lost a little baby girl named Samantha. She lived only five hours. Click here to read the complete story. It was a difficult time for me and my husband. I know the struggles faced with a loss and how difficult it can be. I wanted to do something to honor her and bring community members together to help others through the grieving process (a life-long journey I believe) so I have organized the Race For Grief event. All those that have ever lost someone; a husband, wife, parent, sister or brother, friend, baby, miscarriage, grandparent etc are welcome to participate in the memory of their loved one. When you have lost someone, you never forget them. This is a day to honor their memory and come together to celebrate their life. The event will also raise funds to support local grieving programs like Caring Connections, The Sharing Place & Utah SHARE. Come join us or support a friend or family member that has lost someone. This may mean more to them than you know. All participants are encouraged to make a bring a poster about your loved one to display at the event and a pinwheel to line the finish. Thank you to all those that attend and support this event. It means so much to our family!
Coach Lora Erickson
GET REGISTERED: On-line registration is now available through active.com. Participants are encourage to put together and bring a poster in remembrance of their loved one to be displayed at the event (with their name, a picture or whatever you’d like). Many groups have also make shirts in memory of their loved one to run/walk in. This race will be capped at 500.
Early Bird Registration (by Dec. 31, 2015):
10K: $30, 5K: $25, Kids K: $25, 2 mile walk: $20
Note: Prices go up Jan. 1, March 17 & 5/10.
No shirt guarantee after 5/10.
10K race fee: $30, $35, $40, $45
5K fee: $25, $30, $35, $40
Kids K: $25, $30
2 mile walk fee (shirt): $20, $25
2 mile walk fee (no shirt): $15
Virtual Entry (unable to attend) – A shirt will be mailed (no size guarantee after 5/10): $25
All RFG 10K finishers will receive a a finishers keychain medal! Refreshments will be provided to the participants after the race. Place awards for the 10K and 5K. Random prizes. Come join us. www.RaceForGrief.com
IN THE NEWS
Run Allows Families to Remember, Honor Lost Loved Ones – Davis Clipper
Run Provides Support, Outlet For Those Who Grieve – Davis Clipper
Running for Relief from Grief Article – Standard-Examiner
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Monday May 30, 2016 – Memorial Day:
6:45 a.m. packet pick-up/check-in, timing-chip pick up & race day registration
7:40 a.m. – Zumba warm-up
8:00 a.m. – 10 K/5k race start (the 5K to the line, 10K behind, strollers behind)
Immediately after the 2 mile walk will begin
After the 10K/5K race – awards at the park covered pavilion (approx. 9:30/10a.m.). Random prizes given through out the event. Listen for your name. Registered participants will be automatically entered.
Kids K – 10/10:15 a.m. (the kids will receive a finish medal but need to be registered for this event to participate) – the kids route will go around the park on the paved path so you can cheer for them the entire time. Fun! #family #friendly #event
Due to construction we have new routes in 2016:
5K Route: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/1080884102/
2 mile walk: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/1081452546/
DIRECTIONS TO THE PARK: West Bountiful Park, 550 West Pages Lane (1600 North), West Bountiful Utah. The park is just west of I-15 From the North (Layton/Ogden) From the South (Salt Lake City) 2013 results VOLUNTEER We could always use a helping hand. If you would like to volunteer to help, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you to work.
HONOR YOUR LOVED ONE:
This event is put on in memory of a little girl I lost – Samantha. It is not meant to be a sad event but rather a celebration of their lives and a day to honor and remember them. The West Bountiful Park venue welcomes families with playground equipment and lots of grass and covered pavilion. Blank “In Loving Memory…” bibs will also be available at the registration table to fill in with a name of your loved one and pin to your back to take them on your event journey with you. We also encourage all participants to make and bring a poster about your loved one to display at the event and a pinwheel to line the finish.
PINWHEEL MEMORY GARDEN
Pinwheels remind me of my Samantha. I missed her. All participants are invited to bring a pinwheel for each of the loved ones you will be honoring to line the finish area in addition to the poster.
Check the Facebook page for frequent posts: Race For Grief Utah – 10K, 5K run & 2 mile walk
Yes, strollers are allowed in all races. We just ask that you line up at the back and the child stays in the stroller for the entire race for safety reasons.
Yes, children need to be registered to participate in the walk and Kids K and the prices are the same. Kids will be awarded finish medals in the kids K only but need to be registered. They will be given a shirt & bib number. The kids K is not timed.
10K/5K training program: A 10K/5K training program will be offered for those that would like help with their training (additional fees). To learn more message Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner at theblonderunner@Gmail.com
GRIEF SUPPORT SERVICES
University of Utah Caring Connections (grief support group).
Utah SHARE, 801-544-1159
SUPPORT THE EVENT
If you’d like to support this event as a sponsor, please contact Lora Erickson at email@example.com
This event is organized/race directed by Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner
Thank you to the following sponsors for their support!
Thank you volunteers!