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.
Race Director, Purple Day 5k