Race For Grief – Annual Event on Memorial Day

8th Annual


Race For Grief

Memorial Day – May 27, 2019

10K, 5K run & 2 mile walk & Kids K 

 8:00 a.m. 

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.

We would like to grow the numbers for this event and are looking for Ambassadors.  If you would like to spread the word about this event please message Coach Lora Erickson “Blonde Runner” at theblonderunner@gmail.com There are some great perks.

Stay up-to-date with race announcements, visit the Blonde Runner Health & 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.

Read more testimonials about the event

2018 RFG results
2017 Results

Visit the RFG Facebook page to see pictures: Race For Grief 2017 pictures https://www.facebook.com/RaceForGrief/

2016 RFG results

2015 Race For Grief 10K & 5K Results

2014 Race Results

View the 2013 Video

View pictures from last years event on Facebook

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

“Blonde Runner”

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.

Note:  Prices go up Jan. 1, March 15 & 5/7. 

No shirt guarantee after 5/14.

10K race fee: $30, $35, $40, $45

5K fee:  $20, $25, $30, $35

Kids K:  $10, $15 (no shirt $10)

2 mile walk fee (shirt): $20

2 mile walk fee (no shirt):  $10

Virtual Entry (unable to attend) – A shirt will be mailed (no size guarantee after 5/14):  $25


10K finishers medals 2013 award medals 2013 RFG AWARDS

RFG 10K finishers will receive a a finisher medal!  Refreshments will be provided to the participants after the race.  Place award ribbons for the 10K and 5K.  Overall winner prizes. Random prizes.  Come join us.  www.RaceForGrief.com


Run Allows Families to Remember, Honor Lost Loved Ones – Davis Clipper

Run Provides Support, Outlet For Those Who Grieve – Davis Clipper

Mother holds annual ‘Race For Grief’ to honor loss of daughter – KSL.com

Running for Relief from Grief Article – Standard-Examiner

Race For Grief 2012 video – YouTube

Good Morning Utah TV spot

Run Provides Support – Davis Clipper Article 2013


Monday May 27, 2019 – Memorial Day:

7 a.m. packet pick-up/check-in, timing-chip pick up & race day registration

7:40 – 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


10K route
5K route

2 mile walk

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 theblonderunner@gmail.com and we will put you to work.


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.



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

pinterest image


University of Utah Caring Connections (grief support group).

To register for a grief group call 801-585-9522 or contact Shawna.rees@nurs.utah.edu.


Utah SHARE, 801-544-1159

Share Parents of Utah


If you’d like to support this event as a sponsor, please contact  Lora Erickson at theblonderunner@gmail.com


This event is organized/race directed by Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner


Thank you to the following sponsors for their support!



Bountiful Bicycle logo

swim outlet logo crop



Thank you volunteers!