Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

Southwest Florida/Sarasota 5k SCADaddle for Research

Payne Park

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1st Annual

Southwest Florida/Sarasota
5K SCADaddle for Research!

April 14, 2018
Payne Park
Sarasota, Florida


Quick Links to 5K Weekend

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

It’s our 1st annual timed run/walk to raise money for much needed research on the #1 cause of heart attacks in women under age 50 – spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD).

SCAD is a cause of a heart attack not associated with the typical risk factors of heart disease. 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 also the #1 cause of heart attacks in women who are pregnant and new moms. Although less common, SCAD can affect men too. SCAD can recur and it can be fatal.

Location and Registration

Payne Park
Payne Park
2050 Adams Lane
Sarasota, FL
Start time: 8:00 am

Note: Start and finish are in Payne Park on the School Avenue side of the park.

The 5K timed run/walk will take place on a two lap course through and around the park on a varied terrain of crushed cinder, concrete sidewalk and grass. Refreshments will be served at the end of the 5K.

There will also be a Kids Fun Run immediately following the finish of the 5K for all interested! The Kids Fun Run is on a ½ or 1 mile crushed cinder path in the park.

Payne Park is a multi-use park with beautiful landscaping to enjoy.

Awards & Recognitions

Awards will be given to overall winner male/female. Medals/recognition will be given to 2nd and 3rd place male/female overall and to the top three males/females for the following age groups: 11 and under; 12-15; 16-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+

Kids Fun Run
All participants in the Kids Fun Run will receive a medal.


Register by March 31 to guarantee this year’s 5K t-shirt. Registrations after March 31 are not guaranteed a t-shirt.

When you register, 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 support you by making a donation.

5K Registration

Click Frequently Asked Questions for answers to common questions.

Unable to Attend and Want to Support

If you are unable to join us in person at our Southwest Florida/Sarasota 5K or one of our other 5Ks, you can 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 participants do not receive a 5K t-shirt. 5K t-shirts can be purchase at our SCAD Store beginning early April.

Virtual Participant Registration

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

5K Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship of the 5K by businesses, organizations and families is 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 in securing them, please contact Tracee Murphy, SW Florida/Sarasota 5K Organizer at traceemurphy@gmail.com

Other Weekend Highlights

Additional Events for SCAD Survivors and Supporters

In addition to the 5K, there are several events planned especially for SCAD Survivors, their supporters and families of loved ones who did not survive (our SCADAngels).

Friday Meet & Greet

Join us on Friday night @ 7pm for our Meet & Greet in the lobby of the Aloft Sarasota Hotel, just blocks from Payne Park.

Saturday SCAD Reunion Event

Plans are underway for a lunch event on Saturday afternoon. Watch for details

Overnight Accommodations and Airport Information

We have reserved a block of rooms April 10 – 17 at the Aloft Sarasota Hotel, which is located near Payne Park. The room block will be held until 3/19/2018 at a rate of $192 per night. Click here to make a reservation

There are a number of other accommodations in the area as well, including

If you are flying, the airports in Tampa & Ft. Myers are approximately a 1 hour 15 minute drive to Sarasota. Several airlines also fly into Sarasota/Bradenton Airport.