Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

2018 West Coast 5k SCADaddle for Research

West Coast SCADaddle

Join Us!
4th Annual

West Coast
5K SCADaddle for Research!

Fun Run/Walk to Raise Funds for Research
Saturday September 8, 2018


Quick Links to 5K Weekend

5k Location and Registration | Virtual Participation and Registration
Sponsors and Sponsorship Opportunities | SCAD Reunion Events

It’s our fourth annual West Coast 5K Fun Run/Walk to raise money for Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) research and we hope you can join us!

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is the #1 cause of a heart attack in women under age 50, pregnant women and new moms. SCAD occurs more often in women than men. SCAD is a type of a heart attack not associated with the typical risk factors of heart disease such as high blood pressure or plaque. Unlike the typical heart attack most people know about, SCAD often impacts younger, otherwise healthy individuals. It happens when a coronary artery tears, which can cause a heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms and sudden death.

Research is needed to answer fundamental questions such as what causes SCAD and how can SCAD be prevented.

Location and Registration

Our fun run/walk will take place at beautiful Carlsbad, California. We will:

  • Start at Aqua Hedioinda Lagoon (4200 Garfield Street, Carlsbad) North Shore Hubbs Trail at 9:00 am
  • End at Discovery Center (1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad)
    • Shuttles will be available to take you back to your vehicle.

There will be vendors, music, refreshments (Mexican food from a local authentic restaurant), a silent auction, SCAD items to be purchased and fun for all at the end of the 5K!


All participants who register by August 15 will receive a 5K t-shirt. We cannot guarantee a t-shirt to those who register after August 15.

In addition to registering, please consider forming a team and/or creating a personal fundraising webpage, with a fundraising goal. You can ask your family, friends, and co-workers to donate.

5K Fun Run / Walk Registration

For answers to common questions check Frequently Asked Questions.

Unable to Attend and Want to Support

If you are unable to join us in person on September 9, you can be with us in “spirit” by registering as a virtual participant. 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 be a virtual participant. While virtual participants do not receive a t-shirt, you can order one through our SCAD Store.

Virtual Participant Registration

And, of course, you can donate directly to SCAD Research, Inc.

5K Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship of the 5K by businesses and organizations is a key to raising additional money 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 and would like assistance, please contact us at 5kwestcoast@scadresearch.org or Ellenmichellerobin@hotmail.com.

Other Weekend Highlights

Presentation of Latest Research Findings

Dr. Hayes

To learn more about SCAD and the latest research findings, join us at 1:00 PM at Tri-City Wellness and Fitness Center (6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA). We are honored to have Dr. Sharonne Hayes and Dr. Jeffrey Cavendish from Kaiser Permanente, San Diego join us again and present their latest research findings. Dr. Hayes leads the SCAD Research Program Team at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and chairs our Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Cavendish is an interventional cardiologist and currently is the director of interventional cardiology and co-director of the cardiac cath lab at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA. Everyone is welcome.

Additional Events for SCAD Supporters and Hotel Accommodations

Additional Events for SCAD Supporters and Hotel Accommodations

Two fun SCAD Reunion Events are planned for SCAD survivors, their supporters and families whose loved ones did not survive.

  • Meet and Greet on Friday night at 7 pm in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott-Carlsbad (see details below)
  • Saturday Evening Dinner

A delicious SCAD Reunion dinner is planned Saturday evening in a private dining room at Hunter Steakhouse in nearby Oceanside, CA. A social with a cash bar begins at6:30 with dinner following. Dinner is $50 per person and includes a choice of five dinner entrees (prime rib, filet mignon, chicken plate, baby back ribs and mahi-mahi). Children 12 and under are $15/child and select from a limited children’s menu.

Simply click the appropriate button(s) to add to the cart and checkout. Seating is limited so don’t delay. Reservations must be made by September 1st.

2018 CA SCAD Reunion Adult Dinner

2018 CA SCAD Reunion Child Dinner

Note: A vegan entrée and vegetarian entrée are available upon request. To request a vegan or vegetarian entrée email 5kwestcoast@scadresearch.org by September 1st.

Hotel Accommodations

We have a block of rooms set aside at the Courtyard San Diego Carlsbad/McClella- Palomar Airport for $129 USD per night. Click Book your group rate for SCAD Research 2018 to receive the group rate, which is available Sept. 7 to Sept. 9. You need to book your room by Aug. 10 to receive this rate.

We look forward to seeing you at this fun and important event!