2014 5K SCADaddle for Research
Saturday, May 3, 2014
The 2014 third annual national 5K event brought a number of exciting changes this year including:
• A new location
• An inaugural chip-timed run
• A new name
In order to accommodate our growing number of participants, we moved to beautiful, historic St. James Farm Forest Preserve. St. James Farm, located in Warrenville, Illinois, is just outside of Naperville where we held our past two events. Recently renovated, St. James Farm easily accommodated our growing numbers.
Run and New Name
St. James Farm offers a well-groomed rolling cross country trail that goes through woodlands, prairies and wetlands. Because St. James Farm course is a certified 5K course, it was logical to take the step and offer a chip-timed run. We contracted with a timing company and ordered medals for qualifying runners.
With new changes came a new name – SCADaddle for Research seemed fitting.
After months of planning, the weekend finally arrived. Despite days of rain prior to Saturday, May 3 was a beautiful day and the woods was in bloom. Organizers spent Friday afternoon marking muddy spots and puddles on the trails. Despite the muddy trails, positive comments were heard after the event about the new location.
Over 250 people registered this year including 45 survivors. Survivors attended from across the country as well as Canada and Sweden. Participants also included family members and friends of those who did not survive their SCAD. Other survivors and SCAD Research supporters walked virtually. Some virtual survivors organized local walks in solidarity with the national run/walk.
SCADaddle for Research sponsors were secured to help defray costs and raise additional money. SCADaddle organizers obtained food and items for the silent auction and raffle from local merchants to add to the festivities.
A highpoint for many survivors and those impacted by SCAD was the lunch that followed at Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL. This year attendees enjoyed hearing the latest research findings from both Dr. Sharonne Hayes, SCAD research team lead at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and Dr. Timothy Olson, principle investigator of SCAD DNA research at Mayo Clinic. There was time for questions and answers after the presentation.
We would like to thank the following businesses for being Platinum and Platinum Plus Sponsors at our third annual 5K walk and inaugural run held on May 3, 2014 in Warrenville, IL.