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!

Thanks for a Successful First Year!

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 24th, 2012. It was only last year that our daughter had completed a surgery which effectively detached the right hemisphere of her brain to gain control of the daily seizures she experienced.  This was our way of reaching out to others who knew and understood our story.  Our tagline is a very personal statement:  “Currently there is no cure for epilepsy, and for some individuals the finish line is far from sight. “  We know that we are not the only family affected by Epilepsy; we are not the only ones in this race, in this journey, in this fight to end seizures.

When we started talking about hosting the Purple Day 5k we expected to have a small event that would promote awareness.  Our goals were simple; we wanted 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.  We were honored that Push to the Finish chose our race for their first event.    PTTF runners accompany children with physical disabilities so they can experience the enjoyment, competition, and sense of accomplishment of participating in a race.

All of the proceeds from our event went towards Epilepsy programs in Utah. This year we engaged Epilepsy Association of Utah to help fund their local awareness and outreach programs.  We were able to present a $1500 donation to Epilepsy Association of Utah.  Purple Day 5k also sponsored four CeCe Cares Bears for $160 through the CeCe Cares Pediatric Epilepsy Foundation, who this year will engage Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City as a part of their CeCe Bear® Initiative.

All of the funds raised in our first year were from race registrations or direct donations. There were some amazing people out there who offered in-kind donations for services or prizes, but there were no monetary sponsorships.  We had 160 registrations and 40 volunteers; in total over 250 people attended our event.    The biggest expenses for the race were t-shirts, event insurance, and race timing; we learned a lot from this first event and will work to reduce costs in the future.

We’re excited for next year.  Many of you have offered to help find sponsors or to assist planning the event, and we want to take you up on those offers.  Our goal next year is to find at least three sponsors, and to build the race up to 500 registrants.  We want to add fair events like face painting, purple bubble-blowing contests, chalk drawing, and a community story wall.  We want to bring community booths in for information on support groups, advocacy, clean living, therapy, medical, and awareness.  And we want to continue having fun.  We hope that you’ll join us!

Thank you for being a part of our very first Purple Day 5k for Epilepsy Awareness.

- Greg and Angela Green, Purple Day 5k

The Purple Day 5K in Review

Picture: Start spreading the word about Epilepsy awareness

Start spreading the word about Epilepsy awareness

“Currently there is no cure for epilepsy, and for some individuals the finish line is far from sight. “

On Saturday, March 24th the first annual Purple Day 5K Fun Run and Walk for Epilepsy Awareness was held at the East Riverfront Park in South Jordan, Utah.   The event was created by the Green Family (Greg, Angela, Gabriel, Marisa and Natalie) of South Jordan; and the Epilepsy Association of Utah was engaged as the primary designated charity.  The race event was designed to build community awareness about epilepsy, promote research and funding for a cure, while encouraging a more active lifestyle for anyone through participation in the 5K run/walk.

What was amazing about the race were the stories that people shared.  A sister and daughter had been lost to epilepsy.  Another daughter living away had been diagnosed with epilepsy, but kept it from her parents until recently; so they came out to run for her. A mother was diagnosed and the family came out together offering their support.  A teacher with Epilepsy and a VNS implant drove hours to run the course, and to have a voice and talk about her Epilepsy.  A little boy with seizures had an entire team made up of his extended family come to show their support for him.  A young girl with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy came out with her mother and grandmother, and together completed walking the entire course.  All of the stories were real, and moving; and this is why we want to keep doing this.  It hits as close to home for us as it does for others.  We become a community.  We want to show up, and talk, and know that we are heard and understood.

Picture: The Push to the Finish TeamThe Push to the Finish team also participated in the Purple Day 5K with 3 kids from the Epilepsy Association of Utah.  PTTF is an organization that places runners with kids who have disabilities that would otherwise not be able to compete in running events.  Finisher medals were given to each PTTF participant who completed the course.

To promote the event, we included Purple dri-fit tech shirts, bandannas emblazoned with awareness ribbons, purple sparkle tattoos, wrist bands, pins, and literature in every race bag.  It was fun to see how people went all out to dress up and go Purple-crazy on race day!

Picture: Let Epilepsy Awareness Bloom

There were chalk drawings and hula hoops for the kids. Signs drawn by South Jordan Elementary students marked the course to motivate runners.   Music was abundant, and refreshments were available for everyone.

 

 

Picture: So Cupcake Purple Velvet cupcakes

So Cupcake made 100 special Purple Velvet cupcakes that were sold from the So Cupcake truck at the event to help raise funds.

 

 

 

There were 160 registered participants and over 200 people who attended the event.  Overall and Age Group medals were awarded after the race, and in all 45 medals were handed out.  A special Purplicious Peep award and prize package was given to Samantha Heugly for being the most decked-out purplicious participant at the event.   Raffle prizes were handed out to participants who had their numbers drawn.

Picture: Natalie wears butterfly wings at the Purple Day 5K

Our inspiration for the event was Natalie, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy (due to an in-utero left hemiplegic stroke) when she was eight months old.  Natalie is currently eleven years old and has had daily seizures that are partially controlled with medication.  In July 2011 she underwent a  Pediatric Peri-Insular Hemispherotomy at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City (the Facebook album of her visit is here).  She is currently in a one-year monitoring period to gain a seizure-free diagnosis.  We were moved to do something that recognized Epilepsy in the community, and were inspired by Purple Day, a global campaign for Epilepsy Awareness.

The 2013 event goals are to find three primary sponsors for the race, and attain 500 registrants.  Next year’s plans include community booths and fair activities, a photo wall, contests and some special appearances in addition to the running event.  We are so grateful for everyone’s support that made this possible!

The Purple Day 5K website is http://www.purpleday5k.com.