Race For Grief – Annual Event on Memorial Day



Race For Grief

Memorial Day – May 26, 2014

10K, 5K run & 2 mile walk

 8:00 a.m. 

West Bountiful Park, Utah


A new 5K distance has been added for 2014.  Come join us!The annual Race For Grief 10K run (6.2 miles), 5K (3.1 miles)  and 2 mile walk will be held in Davis County, Utah. Join us for the 4th annual event held at West Bountiful Park.  Great 10K finishers medals!

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.

Click to read more of what people are saying about the event


2014 10K & 5 K results – click to veiw

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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). This event is not just limited to those that have lost babies or children; all those that have ever lost someone; a husband, wife, parent, sister or brother, friend, 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 no matter how long.  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.  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 for the 2014 event 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 (before Dec. 31, 2013):  10K: $30, 5K: $25, 2 mile walk:  $20

10K race fee: $35 (prices go up $5 after May 10, and again after May 17 – no shirt guarantee)

5K fee (new for 2014!):  $30 (prices go up $5 after May 10, and again after May 17 – no shirt guarantee)

2 mile walk fee: $25 (prices go up after May 10)

Race Day Prices:  10k $45, 5K $40 (*no shirt guarantee after 5/17), $15 2 mile walk (no shirt)


10K finishers medals 2013 award medals 2013 RFG AWARDS

All RFG 10K 2014 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


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 26, 2014 – Memorial Day:

6:30 a.m. packet pick-up/check-in, timing-chip pick up & race day registration

7:30 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 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.



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 lora@blonderunner.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.



Pinwheels remind me of my Samantha. I missed her. I Would love those attending the Race For Grief Utah – 10K, 5K run & 2 mile walk event on Monday to bring a pinwheel to line the finish in honor of your loved one.


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 the prices are the same.  They will be given a shirt, bib number and goody bag.

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 Lora@BlondeRunner.com

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A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the following organizations:

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 SUPPORT THE EVENT If you’d like to support this cause as a sponsor, please contact  Lora Erickson at lora@blonderunner.com


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


Thank you to the following sponsors for their support!





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Thank you for the volunteer support of Team Blonde Runner (TBR) and others


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