Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

2018 Lehigh Valley (PA) 5k SCADaddle for Research


On August 11, 2018 the 3rd annual Lehigh Valley 5K SCADaddle was held at beautiful Upper Saucon Township Community Park in Center Valley, PA. Our SCADaddle raised money for research into causes and effective treatments for heart attacks caused by Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD).

SCAD is a cause of a heart attack not associated with the typical risk factors of heart disease such as diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol. It strikes without warning when a sudden tear occurs within the layers of one or more coronary arteries, blocking blood flow to the heart. SCAD is the #1 cause of heart attacks in women under age 50, pregnant women and new moms. Although less common, SCAD can affect men too. SCAD can recur and it can be fatal. SCAD is an understudied and poorly understood cause of a heart attack.

Location, Awards and Registration

Upper Saucon Township Community Park
3231 Preston Lane (approximately ½ mile east of Route 378)
Center Valley, Pennsylvania

For more details on location, please refer to the MAP.

Upper Saucon Township Community Park is a kid friendly and dog friendly park. We encourage families to participate.

Awards – Individual and Team

Individual Awards:

Medals will be awarded to the First, Second, and Third place male and female finishers and the top three male and female finishers in the following age groups:
11 and under; 12-15; 16-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+

Team Awards:
Consider forming a team! There are three ways to achieve a team award:

Top Fundraiser: A plaque and prize will be provided to the team that raises the highest amount in individual donations (sponsorships do not count).

Top Finisher: A plaque and prize will be provided to the team that has the best “team time,” calculated by adding together the times of the team’s top 3 finishers.

Top Team Spirit: A plaque and prize will be provided to the team that has the best team spirit, through outfits, bling, cheering, and the like. Can you be the epitome of fun?


Registration and Bib Pick up begins at 7:30 am.

Race starts at 9:00 am sharp.

5K Registration

Register by July 28 to guarantee a 5K t-shirt

Frequently Asked Questions

Click Frequently Asked Questions for answers to common questions.

Unable to Attend

If you are unable to join us in person on August 11 or one of our other 5Ks, be with us in “spirit” by registering as a virtual participant. Virtual participants have joined us on treadmills, walking or running in their neighborhoods, or just reaching out to friends and family while raising money for SCAD Research! Participating virtually gives you the flexibility to choose a different date or time if you prefer.

When you register as a virtual participant, you will have an opportunity to set up a personal fundraising page to send to family/friends/co-workers asking them to support you. There is no cost to participate virtually or to form a virtual team.

Virtual Participation Registration

While virtual participants do not receive a 5K t-shirt, they can purchase them at our SCAD Store.

Direct Donations Accepted

Anyone can donate directly to SCAD Research, Inc. through our website.

5K Sponsorship Opportunities

The race organizers are seeking sponsorships from local businesses and organizations.
Obtaining sponsors is key to ensuring that sufficient funds are raised for research on the causes and best treatment options for SCAD. We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities. If you know of a potential sponsor, please contact us at 5keastcoast@scadresearch.org.

Thank you to all of our sponsors especially

Partner Sponsors

Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid LLC
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Other Weekend Highlights


Special events are planned for survivors, their supporters and families whose loved ones did not survive on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon/evening.

Friday Night Meet & Greet

On Friday evening @ 7:30pm families impacted by SCAD will meet in the lobby of the SpringHill Suites – Center Valley by Marriott.

Saturday Afternoon and Evening

Join us Saturday, after the 5K, for two fun events:

  • Bus trip to Musikfest, an annual weeklong music event in nearby Bethlehem, PA. The bus leaves SpringHill Suites at 2pm to listen to amazing musical performances. At 5:30 the Verdict, a band primarily of Lehigh Valley lawyers, performs on the Steelstacks stage. Bus leaves Steelstacks Stage area at 7 pm.
  • Gratitude Gala Cocktail Reception takes place at SpringHill Suites from 7:30PM to 10:30PM to celebrate our dedication to finding answers about SCAD. The ticket price will benefit SCAD, while offering medium horsd’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar, featuring fun and festive drink options. The Gala will include a silent auction. The Gratitude Gala is a fundraiser and open to everyone including friends, family and members of the community.

For additional information about the bus trip and the Gratitude Gala and to make reservations for these events, click the button below.

Saturday SCAD Reunion Events

Overnight Accommodations

A block of rooms has been set aside at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Center Valley and are available 8/9/18 to 8/13/18. To make reservations at the special room rate of $139-$149/night call (888) 236-2427 and request a reservation for the 2018 SCAD Room Block or click Book your group rate for 2018 SCAD Event.

To get the special rate, guests must book no later than July 12, 2018. A complimentary buffet breakfast each morning is included.