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There’s lots to do in Sugar House Park this September

Aug 29, 2018 15h56 ● By Jana Klopsch

“Billy’s army” celebrating the 2017 “Walk to End ALS” in Sugar House Park. (Courtesy of the ALS Association)

By Lawrence Linford | [email protected]

Griffin Coed 4s Classic Volleyball Tournament

“It’s a lot of fun. Bring the whole family,” said Traci Siriprathane, tournament director of this Utah Outdoor Volleyball Association (UOVA) event. The tournament is open to anyone and there is no age limit. The only qualification is that each team must have two males and two females. There is a recreational division and a competitive division.

The event starts at 8 a.m. on Sept. 8 at the Mount Olympus Pavilion in Sugar House Park and will go until mid-afternoon. The competition begins with pool play and those who do well go on to a tournament. Participation costs $20 for UOVA members and $30 for UOVA nonmembers.

To sign up or find out more information go to www.westminstercollege/vb or contact Traci Siriprathane at [email protected] or 801-832-2862.

Susan Sandoval Memorial 5K for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Susan Sandoval was a nurse at LDS and Primary Children’s hospitals who sadly lost her battle with ovarian cancer in May 2007 at age 53. “Participation in the race not only honors Susan Sandoval’s memory, but also the struggles of all who have been touched by gynecologic cancer,” states the event’s website.

This 12th annual 5K, hosted by the University of Utah’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, raises funds for research and increases awareness of the risk factors and symptoms of gynecologic cancers.

Celebrating finishing the 2015 “Susan Sandoval Memorial 5K for Ovarian Cancer Awareness” in Sugar House Park. (Courtesy of the Susan Sandoval Memorial 5K for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Facebook page)

 Each year about 89,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer (any cancer that starts in a woman’s reproductive organs). Unfortunately, all women are at risk and the risk increases with age. Treatments are most effective when the cancer is found early. For more information, including signs and symptoms, visit

Current registration fees are adults: $20; children (5- 12): $10; children under five are free. Note: registration fees will increase a week before the event. The fee includes a T-shirt, ovarian cancer awareness bracelet, bottled water and fresh fruit. To donate, register or learn more visit

Day-of race registration starts at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. on Sept. 8 at the Big Field Pavilion in Sugar House Park.

2018 Utah Heart and Stroke Walk

The American Heart Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary of the Heart Walk.

“We are passionate about helping our community fight heart disease and stroke,” said Jennifer Merback, communications and marketing director for the Utah chapter of the AHA. “We fundraise to save lives. The money we’ve raised goes to launching CPR training, cholesterol-lowering drugs and heart surgery. Hopefully, we can continue to make strides with the support of our community.”

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in the world and in our country. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death nationally and fourth in Utah. Nationwide 2,200 lives are lost per day due to cardiovascular disease and stroke (for more information visit

The start of the 2017 Heart Walk in Sugar House Park. (Courtesy of the American Heart Association)

 This event includes the miracle mile — a walk specifically for those who suffered a heart attack or stroke — a 5K fun run and a 5K fun walk. They’ll be a food tent with light refreshments. Dogs are also allowed on leash. The event will take place at the Big Field Pavilion on Sept. 15.

You can register the day of the race starting at 7:30 a.m. and the event kickoff starts at 8 a.m. There is no cost to participate, but a $25 donation is suggested. When you register you’ll get your own fundraising webpage. When you raise $100 you’ll earn a free T-shirt. To register online, donate or volunteer visit and search for the Salt Lake event.

Utah’s second annual “Walk to Defeat ALS”

“Nearly 1,000 participants will be coming together to raise $100,000 for the ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter,” wrote Emily Jordison, the ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter Utah coordinator. “We would love for everyone who’s been affected by this disease to come out and participate. There are a lot of misconceptions about ALS so we also want to raise awareness along with funds for research.”

“ALS is a devastating neurological disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and can eventually leave people totally paralyzed,” wrote Jordison.

About 20,000 Americans are living with ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Both baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking famously suffered from the disease. Unfortunately, there is no cure yet and the life expectancy after diagnosis is generally three to five years (visit for more info).

“Most funds stay within the chapter to provide better services and care for families here,” said Jordison. “It will be an event full of hope and love.”

Check in and registration begin at 10 a.m. and the walk (1.5 miles) starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Big Field Pavilion in Sugar House Park. There will be live entertainment, music, face painting and several different tents to honor those that have passed.

You can register online or at the walk (there is no fee). Fundraising is encouraged and when you register you’ll receive your own personal fundraising webpage.

To donate, register and find out more visit and click Get Involved to find the Sugar House Park event, or contact Emily Jordison at 385-227-2217 or [email protected].

“Dodo Dash 5K Fun Run” to support Parley’s Trail

The Dodo restaurant is organizing this 5K fun run to raise funds to help complete Parley’s Trail.

“It’s a fun family event and people can bring their dog, stroller and you can walk it,” said Stacey Deittman, marketing director of Canyon Culinary Inc., the parent company of Dodo restaurant.

For 16 years, the Parley’s Rails, Trails, and Tunnels (PRATT) Coalition has been working to complete Parley’s Trail, a 8-mile paved walking and biking trail running east-west through the urban heart of Salt Lake Valley connecting the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to the Provo-Jordan River Parkway.

“As a business we’re really excited to help support Parley’s Trail,” said Deittman. “We think the trail is an amazing asset for the community and we’ve never had anything like it before.” For more info about Parley’s Trail visit

Same-day race registration starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Big Field Pavilion. There will be a kid’s race at 8:30 a.m. and the main event begins at 9 a.m. There will be music, coffee, water and bananas for the runners. A T-shirt is included with registration along with a $20 voucher to Dodo.

Adults: $25; youth (9-14): $10; kids eight and under are free; Team (four or more): $22 (a team also will receive a Dodo dessert voucher for the whole group).

To register or find out more about the run visit and search for “Dodo Dash.”