Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

2017 West Coast 5k SCADaddle for Research

West Coast SCADaddle

2017 West Coast
5K SCADaddle for Research

Fun Run/Walk to Raise Funds for Research

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It’s our third 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 is relatively uncommon and 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.


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, refreshments, a silent auction and fun for all at the end of the 5K!

Registration Information

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.

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 Participation Registration

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

A very special thank you to Kaiser Permanente Cardiology Department – San Diego for partnering with us.

Kaiser Thrive

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 the Discovery Center. We are honored to have Dr. Sharonne Hayes join us again and present Mayo Clinic’s latest research findings. Dr. Hayes leads the SCAD Research Program Team at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and chairs our Scientific Advisory Committee. Everyone is welcome.

Additional Events for SCAD Supporters

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

  • SCAD Meet and Greet on Friday night at 7 pm in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott-Carlsbad (see details below)
  • A SCAD Dinner is being planned for Saturday evening at Green Dragon Tavern Inn & Museum (6115 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad) in Carlsbad. Dinner includes appetizers, salad, choice of entrée, NY cheese cake, coffee and tea. Cash bar. There is also a children’s meal.
    Social begins at 6:30 pm and dinner will be served at 7 pm. Click to make your reservations:

Hotel Accommodations

We have set up a block of rooms for Sept 8 and 9 at the Courtyard by Marriott – Carlsbad (5835 Owens Ave, Carlsbad, CA). The rooms are $120 per night. To make your reservations click to make your reservation directly to our block of rooms. You can also call 760-431-9399 and mention SCAD Research. The block of rooms will be available until August 18, 2017.

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