What’s New in 2015

We’re setting some ambitious goals this year!  In addition to our race in South Jordan, Utah on November 7, we want to welcome virtual runners to join us in our 2015 Virtual 5k!  It doesn’t matter where you live… now you can run with us by registering for our event as a virtual runner!

Changes in 2015:

  • A new, larger 3.5″ medal for all our registered participants
  • Registrants of our locally hosted event on November 7 receive a long-sleeve purple tech shirt

We’re looking for sponsors who can help us build this event!  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please go to our Sponsor Page or contact greg@pd5k.com

Purple Dash 5k Event Info!

This is the email that was sent out to registered participants on Thursday, October 23.  The message is posted here as a reference to our attendees!


Thanks for registering for our 3rd annual Purple Dash 5k Fun Run, Walk and Roll for Epilepsy. We are excited about the event and we hope you are too! The weather is holding up, and although it’s expected to be a cool 63 degree high, we should have a beautiful morning on the Jordan River trail!

PACKET PICKUP
For those of you interested in an early packet pickup, RUNGR8 Running Center (2608 West 12600 South, Riverton, UT) has graciously offered their store to us for packet pickup! We will be there on October 30 from 4-7PM to hand out race packets and hope that you’ll be able to come down! Shop at the store and pick up your purple running gear!

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Saturday, November 1st
Race Start: 10AM (arrive at least 30 minutes early for packet pickup if you haven’t picked up yet)
Location: East Riverfront Park Pavilion, 10991 S Riverfront Parkway, South Jordan, UT 84095
Google Map: http://www.google.com/maps?q=40.552642,-111.914324

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The 5k race is a 3.1 mile out-and-back course that will start and finish at the East Riverfront Park Pavilion. The course will proceed northbound on the Jordan River Trail for approximately 1.55 miles before turning around and running back along the same path. A course map can be found at our site here.

DIRECTIONS TO OUR 5k
From 1-15 Freeway:

  • Take Exit 293 for 10600 South in Sandy, and head West.
  • Turn Left at the light for Riverfront Parkway (directly across from Mulligan’s Golf Course)
  • Go through the first roundabout and continue to proceed on Riverfront Parkway
  • Take the first Left after the roundabout (at the sign for the Purple Dash 5k). If you get to the second roundabout you’ve gone too far!
  • Park your car and proceed to the large pavilion in the park.

From Bangerter Highway:

  • Travel to 10400 South in South Jordan, then turn and head East on 10400 South.
  • Turn Right at the light for Riverfront Parkway (directly across from Mulligan’s Golf Course)
  • Go through the first roundabout and continue to proceed on Riverfront Parkway
  • Take the first Left after the roundabout (at the sign for the Purple Dash 5k). If you get to the second roundabout you’ve gone too far!
  • Park your car and proceed to the large pavilion in the park.

PARKING
There is ample parking once you arrive.

BRING SOME DONATION DOLLARS FOR PRIZES AND CONFECTIONS
This year we’re introducing two new vendors.
Waffle Love

Waffle Love will be serving all of their waffle goodness at our event this year – just look for their truck at the pavilion during the event. They are selling a Purple Love waffle with blueberries and cream for us. We are hoping that you’ll treat yourself to one of these beautiful and tasty creations – 10% of the sales will be donated to Epilepsy Association of Utah!

Nothing Bundt Cakes

 

Nothing Bundt Cakes will provide samples and is selling their bundlet cakes at the event. The Sandy store has graciously donated a 10” decorated cake which will be presented to our Purplicious Peep, so be sure to look for this!

Epilepsy Association of Utah will be hosting a raffle for a bevy of prizes that you can win. You can buy as many tickets as you like, and bid them on any of the items by placing one or more tickets in the bowl beside that prize.

ART TENT: “DREAMERS” THEME
We’re teaming up with the Epilepsy Association of Utah Artilepsy project this year by hosting an Art Tent where anyone can draw, paint or write an entry for the project. Our theme is “Dreamers”. You are encouraged to bring your original artwork to display or submit to the Artilepsy program, or to create something at our event. We will have art supplies, coloring and chalk activities!

PUSH TO THE FINISH
We are proud to be working with Push to the Finish, an organization that places runners with kids who would otherwise not be able to compete in running events. We’re excited to welcome the PTTF runners, the amazing people they run with, and their families – this is our 3rd year to be with them and we’re ecstatic they chose our race again as part of their series.

A GENEROUS BUNCH
We have several generous supporters who have provided prizes this year. There are a lot of people to recognize who have helped to make this a really great race, so much so that it deserves another email to tell you about these people and what they are contributing (really, we’re going to dedicate a future email to this). In the meantime, here’s a list of the businesses and families we would love to recognize: Kelli Bramble Photography, Casper’s Fat Boy Ice Cream, Dunford Donuts, Ellie Tucker, H.E.R.O.I.C. Inc, Impeccable Race Timing, Mark Miller Subaru, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Road ID, Sizzler, Utah College of Massage Therapy, Utah Grizzlies, Utah Jazz, Utah Utes, Waffle Love, wAIRhouse Indoor Trampoline Park, and the fantastic folks at RUNGR8 Running Store.

ABOUT THE PURPLE DASH 5k
Our race is scheduled for Saturday, November 1 at 10AM to kick off National Epilepsy Awareness Month. We will join people across the nation who participate in events that raise awareness about epilepsy, encourage healthy lifestyles, and share their stories of living with seizures. We advocate for better understanding of Epilepsy and seizures, and provide instructions and giveaways for what to do if you see a seizure. We also promote a more active lifestyle for anyone through participation in our 5k run, walk and roll. This is our 3rd year partnering with Epilepsy Association of Utah.

We will send another update next week prior to the event. Until then, please share our site with your friends, and encourage them to join us on Saturday, November 1st for the Purple Dash 5k.

Thanks very much, and be sure to rock that Purple!

Greg Green
Race Director, Purple Dash 5k
cell 801-755-9111

http://www.purpledash5k.com

http://www.facebook.com/purpledash5k

https://twitter.com/purpledash5k

Sweet Swag; and Let’s Get Moving!

Hello Purplicious Peeps!  Our race is just a few weeks away, and you’re invited to join us for our 3rd annual Purple Dash 5k! We are excited to host the race and hope that you will run, walk and roll with us!

Register Now!

If you haven’t seen our newest announcement – this is the first year that we’ll be handing out finisher’s medals for our participants! The first 200 registered finishers receive a 2.5″ custom medal for participating – all of the medals have the message “Chasing miles for Epilepsy Awareness” engraved on the back.  We’re super excited to offer these and hope these will encourage you to come and run with us!

PD5k 2014 Medal Preview

Push to the Finish
We’re proud to partner with Push to the Finish, an organization who provides volunteer runners for children with physical disabilities so they can experience the enjoyment, competition, and sense of accomplishment of participating in a running event. We’re inspired by this group and hope that you will cheer them on at the course!

Show some Waffle Love
We’re excited that Waffle Love will be joining us, and are offering a special Purple Love waffle with blueberries at our event. 10% of proceeds from their sales on November 1 will go to Epilepsy Association of Utah!

About our Event
Our race is scheduled for Saturday, November 1 at 10AM to kick off National Epilepsy Awareness Month (#NEAM). We will join people across the nation who participate in events that raise awareness about epilepsy, encourage healthy lifestyles, and share their stories of living with seizures.

You can follow us on Facebook (/PurpleDash5k) and Twitter (@purpledash5k) for updates. Thanks for being a part of our past events. We welcome feedback any time – please feel free to contact me directly for questions about our event.

Greg Green
Race Director, 2014 Purple Dash 5k
greg@pd5k.com

2014 Race Info

Hello Purplicious Peeps!  This year we’re taking some pretty big steps and have planned some significant changes to our event. The big news is that we have decided to move our race to take place the first weekend in November so that we can kick off National Epilepsy Awareness Month. That means this year we’ll be holding our race on Saturday, November 1 to join people across the nation who participate in events that raise awareness about epilepsy, encourage healthy lifestyles, and share the stories of living with seizures.

There were several reasons that influenced our decision to move the race, but let’s just say that we decided the snow in November was better than the snow in March. That, and we know you have a lot of Halloween candy to work off in early November.

Because the event date has moved, our race is now the Purple Dash 5k.

Post Script:  Purple Day is still an Epilepsy Awareness Day that takes place on March 26th, and we’re hoping that you will wear your purple proudly. We have twenty Epilepsy Awareness yard signs to give away, and are offering these on a first come, first serve basis. Contact greg@pd5k.com if you would like to pick one up in the Salt Lake County area.

Upcoming Epilepsy Awareness Events
Crop Because You Care – February 22, 2014
Studio E: Art Therapy Program – select dates in March and April
Purple Day – March 26, 2014

Studio 5 Interview: Push to the Finish

We’re proud to be working with Push to the Finish, an organization dedicated to bringing the exhilaration of running events to kids who would otherwise not be able to participate. Brooke Walker from KSL Studio 5 hosted a story on the PTTF organization that centered on Reese, one of the PTTF kids, and ended with the run at our event.  Check it out.

 

Our Purple PEEPs are Nothing Short of Amazing!

The results are in, and we wanted to share the output of this year’s Purple Day 5k that was held here in South Jordan on March 23rd, 2013. Saturday was a good day to turn over and sleep in, but 158 runners out of almost 200 registrants showed up with their friends and family to make our race a success. The stormy weather rolled in and out, but anyone who came down to be with us that morning saw blue skies and sunshine on a cleared trail. We are truly impressed that so many people showed up and gave support for epilepsy awareness. This race would not have happened without the willingness of each of you to get up and brave the elements to be there at the start line. We wish we could have given every one of you a medal. The big news at the event was that a grant from Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals was awarded for $2500 to the Epilepsy Association of Utah. We have all of you to thank for this because our race was used as the case for the grant. If you supported our race you contributed to this happening, so THANK YOU!

This year we were once again honored to have Push to the Finish participate in our race.  KSL Studio 5 host Brooke Walker attended the event as a PTTF runner, and will air an interview with the PTTF organizers from our race. The interview is scheduled to air this Wednesday at 11AM on KSL channel 5.

Our goals from last year are the same: we want to highlight Purple Day in Utah and advocate for better understanding of Epilepsy and seizures. We also wanted to promote a more active lifestyle for anyone through participation in our 5k. All of the race funds raised this year were primarily from race registrations. There were some amazing people out there who offered in-kind donations for services or prizes. We had 193 registrations and 30 volunteers; in total an estimated 300 people attended our event.

For next year we are looking for a new course that will allow a larger group of runners – we realize that the trail was pretty much at capacity this year. We weren’t able to do all the things we had planned this year due to the weather, but we did get to do the story wall, a coloring station for the kids, easter egg hand-outs, cupcakes and (thanks to Ryan) hot chocolate. We promise that next year will continue to grow the scope and size of our race. We hope that you’ll join us!

Thanks for an amazing second year.

Sincerely,

Greg Green
Race Director, Purple Day 5k

http://www.purpleday5k.com

2013 Purple Day 5k Event Info!

The weather is going to be cold and hopefully clear tomorrow, but check outside and dress appropriately before you leave.  Regardless, it’s going to be a beautiful morning on the Jordan River trail!

PACKET PICKUP
Avoid the last minute lines! Please be sure to arrive at the event at least a half-hour before the start of the race.  We want to make sure that you get your packet (which includes your shirt and race bib) in plenty of time.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Saturday, March 23rd
Race Start: 9AM (arrive at least 30 minutes early for packet pickup if you haven’t picked up yet)
Location: East Riverfront Park Pavilion, 10991 S Riverfront Parkway, South Jordan, UT 84095
Google Map: http://www.google.com/maps?q=40.552642,-111.914324

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The 5K race is a 3.1 mile out-and-back course that will start and finish at the East Riverfront Park Pavilion.  The course will proceed southbound on the Jordan River Trail for approximately 1.55 miles before turning around and running back along the same path.  A course map can be found at our site here.

DIRECTIONS TO OUR 5K
From 1-15 Freeway:
–    Take Exit 293 for 10600 South in Sandy, and head West.
–    Turn Left at the light for Riverfront Parkway (directly across from Mulligan’s Golf Course)
–    Go through the first roundabout and continue to proceed on Riverfront Parkway
–    Take the first Left after the roundabout (at the sign for the Purple Day 5K). If you get to the second roundabout you’ve gone too far!
–    Park your car and proceed to the large pavilion in the park.

From Bangerter Highway:
–    Travel to 10400 South in South Jordan, then turn and head East on 10400 South.
–    Turn Right at the light for Riverfront Parkway (directly across from Mulligan’s Golf Course)
–    Go through the first roundabout and continue to proceed on Riverfront Parkway
–    Take the first Left after the roundabout (at the sign for the Purple Day 5K). If you get to the second roundabout you’ve gone too far!
–    Park your car and proceed to the large pavilion in the park.

PARKING
There is ample parking once you arrive.

BRING SOME DONATION DOLLARS FOR CONFECTION HEAVEN
So Cupcake is once again providing a special Purple Day Cupcake for us – but we’re kicking it up a notch with purple velvet, chocolate or vanilla cupcakes with purple frosting and sprinkles – look for the cupcake truck at the pavilion during the event.   You can get one cupcake for a $3 donation or 2 for $5 from the So Cupcake Truck.  We are hoping that you’ll treat yourself to one of these beautiful and tasty creations!

PUSH TO THE FINISH
We are proud to be working with Push to the Finish, an organization that places runners with kids who would otherwise not be able to compete in running events.  We’re excited to welcome the PTTF runners, the amazing people they run with, and their families as a part of our 2nd annual event.

A GENEROUS BUNCH
We have several generous supporters who have provided prizes this year.  There are a lot of people to recognize who have helped to make this a really great race, so much so that it deserves another email to tell you about these people and what they are contributing (really, we’re going to dedicate a future email to this).  In the meantime, here’s a list of the businesses and families we would love to recognize: Kelli Bramble Photography, Studio Azul, Amplified Fitness, StickyKitties, The Cookie Chaser 2k/5k, Kiss Me Dirty Race Series, Extra Mile LLC, The wAIRhouse Trampoline Park, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Larry Miller Movie Theatres, Café Rio, So Cupcake, Einstein Bagels, Road ID, and the fantastic folks at RUNGR8 Running Store.

ABOUT THE PURPLE DAY 5K
Purple Day® is March 26th, and is considered a Global Day for Epilepsy Awareness.  Our event is scheduled on Saturday, March 23rd to coincide with Purple Day®.  We advocate for better understanding of Epilepsy and seizures, and provide instructions and giveaways for what to do if you see a seizure.  We also promote a more active lifestyle for anyone through participation in our 5k run, walk and roll.

We’re continuing to build this event up.  Beginning this year, DifAbility Utah is an organization that will act as host for the race.  We are in the process of registering as a domestic non-profit agency, which means that a portion of future registrations and any donations will be tax deductible.  Our goal has not changed; this year we are working with Epilepsy Association of Utah to raise funds for their local awareness and outreach programs.  A portion of proceeds will also go to The Anita Kaufmann Foundation, the global sponsor of Purple Day®.

Thanks very much, and be sure to rock that Purple!