For those who have experienced a painful loss of someone that deeply impacted their life, we know that they remain with us in our hearts.
When our son, Connor was born silently on March 17th, 2004, our lives were forever changed. Due to the pandemic this year, we were unable to do our normal traditions to honor him. This was absolutely devastating. Then our friend Leah came up with an idea of a virtual charity 5K for him. Immediately, this felt perfect with one big change. We didn’t want this to be solely an event for Connor. After 16 years, the impact of our son is beyond our immediate family. As we are more supportive, Connor’s impact has also been felt by our dear friends saying goodbye to family and friends.
The first physical 5k we did in honor of our son, we cried. Some years, we screamed. Some years, we laughed. Some years, we were grateful. And for the past several years, we hadn’t participated after moving to Colorado. This year, we will honor our son by giving a space for all of us to honor our loved ones in whatever ways we need right now together, at least virtually.
They are held in our hearts always.
How to Join Us:
As we are not starting a non-profit and this is the first-year experiment, we wanted to make this as simple as possible.
What is a virtual race? A virtual race is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym, or on the track. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself.
What is the timeframe? The window for participation is the weekend of June 19-21, 2020. Run your own 5k at any time during this weekend, and share your results with us!
Will the results be considered official? This is strictly a charity fundraiser that is not providing medals or awards for placements. This event is a remembrance event.
Can the distance be different than a 5K? A 5K is 3.1 miles. There is absolutely nothing stopping you from doing a 10K or a marathon. There is absolutely nothing stopping you from doing a single mile. Choose the distance that works best for you!
What if I'm not a runner? No problem! If you'd like to participate in a way that's more your speed, please feel free to make our "5K" whatever you like -- a bike ride, trail skate, swim, or anything else you can think of. If you'd just like to donate and help us support Ele's Place, that's fine, too!
How do I sign up?
>> STEP ONE: Donate right here on this page for your entry fee: this and any additional donations will go directly to Ele's Place at the end of our campaign.
>> STEP TWO: [CLICK HERE] if you'd like a race bib.
>> STEP THREE: [CLICK HERE] if you'd like to order t-shirts.
>> STEP FOUR: Get ready to run on the weekend of June 19-21!
How do I track distance? You can track your distance and time however you like. The most accurate way to do this is by using a Running GPS watch, but there are also several free smartphone apps available for iPhones and Android devices.
How do I get a bib? For those who collect bibs, or just want to get into the spirit of the race, you can download and customize your own bib. CLICK HERE to get started.
Where would I post completion information? When finished, you can post a photo, time and/or message to your social media accounts and tag #5kheldinourhearts.
How do I get a t-shirt? T-shirts are available via Bonfire, and all proceeds above and beyond the cost of the shirts will go directly to Ele's Place. We've chosen an upgraded, ring-spun cotton shirt, so you can expect a high-quality product. CLICK HERE to place an order.
Are cancellations/refunds available? Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds. However, your registration, any added donation, and even the price above cost of your T-shirt will be donated DIRECTLY to Ele's Place.
Why Ele's Place? After Connor’s death, we feared how would we explain Connor and his death to our subsequent children. Without hesitation, Ele’s Place was reassuring that their focus was helping children and their families with grief period. That initial conversation gave us so much comfort in a time when we felt so alone.
In order to participate, each participant agrees that they know that participating in a 5k is a potentially hazardous activity and should not enter and participate unless medically able and properly trained. To acknowledge and assume any and all risks associated with this event including, but not limited to, traffic on the route, falls, and the condition of the route. Knowing and appreciating these risks, hereby for myself or anyone claiming on my behalf, covenant not to sue, and waive, release, and discharge anyone acting for or on behalf the 5K from any and all claims of liability for death, personal injury, or damage of any kind arising out of participation in this run.