Clara's Run

5K, 1 Mile

Event Date

Sat, Nov 14, 2015


Gilbert, AZ


Activity Today Later

Running-5K - Individual Age group/open

$35 $40 Closed

Running-1 Mile - Individual Age group/open

$30 $35 Closed

Running-Virtual Run - Individual Age group/open

$30 $30 Closed

About This Activity

Clara's Run will celebrate the light that she brought into all of our lives.  Presented by the Bergen Family, Coronado PTO, Higley Unified School District, and StartLine Racing, the event will take place on Saturday, November 14th from Clara's school - Coronado Elementary. 

Proceeds from the event will go two of Clara's favorite things - her school (Higley Unified School District and Coronado Elementary) and animals (the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA).

Clara was a happy, fun-loving, eight-year-old girl who died unexpectedly in May of 2015.  She loved her friends, family, and pets very much and she was truly passionate about baking, dancing, reading, and playing.  Clara liked to have fun and wanted you to have fun too. 

The theme of Clara’s Run is “Love is Forever.”  Clara wrote this message on a piece of paper a few weeks before her death and left it in a desk drawer.  Her family found it just after Clara died and it serves to remind us of Clara’s spirit.

During her last year of life, she ran three 5km races, checked out 237 books from her school library, practiced day and night for her first dance recital, and enjoyed classes at our local animal shelter.  Since her death, Clara’s donated organs and tissues have benefitted at least two other families by giving two women the gift of sight with the possibility of helping others through the Arizona Donor Network.

Her 9th birthday would be on November 25 and we thought combining some of her interests into a fun-run would be a great way to honor and remember her birthday. 

Clara’s Run will be a celebration!  It will be a time for friends and families to be active together, enjoying the beautiful November weather, and having fun.  Clara would be very excited to plan for the fun and games at the finish line, design the medals, and the recipes for the cupcakes that each finisher will enjoy. 

Thank you so much for participating with this event.  We are incredibly thankful for our community of friends and family.  You’ve shown us so much love and helped us survive these last few months.  We couldn’t have done it without you. 

Laura, Andy, and Lily Bergen

Event details and schedule

What You Get

  • Custom Event Finisher's Medal
  • Custom Event Dri-Fit Tech T-Shirt
  • Age Group Awards for Top Three in all Age Groups (Race Day Participants only)
  • Pre- and Post-Race "Runner's Brunch" (bagels, fruit, water, Gatorade, etc)
  • Real Time Results and Photos on our Website or Mobile App (on Apple and Google)
  • Course set/marked by a professional race management team to maximize your experience!
  • A great time being active with your family and friends and a good feeling KNOWING that all run proceeds are going to help great LOCAL causes!!!

Packet Pick-up Opportunities

You will have two opportunities to pick-up your race packet (bib, chip, event swag, etc):

  • Friday, November 13th from 3:30 - 6:30pm at Cadence Running Company, located at 3107 S. Gilbert Road - Suite 103, Gilbert AZ 85295 (map)

  • Saturday, November 14th starting at 8:00am at Coronado Elementary School (event site)

Race Day Information

  • Race Day Registration will be available beginning at 8:00am at Coronado Elementary School.
    • We accept cash, check, or credit card (VISA and Master Card only) on race day
  • Cost of registration on race day will be $50 for the 5K and $40 for the one mile.

Event Schedule

  • Nov 13 03:30 PM MST - Packet Pickup at Cadence Running Company
  • Nov 14 08:00 AM MST - Race Day Packet Pick-up and Registration Opens
  • Nov 14 09:00 AM MST - 5K Run Begins
  • Nov 14 09:05 AM MST - 1 Mile Run/Walk Begins
  • Nov 14 10:00 AM MST - Awards Begin (approximate)


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