Riverside Park

Date

Saturday, May 6th 2017 @ 8:45 AM
Riverside Park
200 E Tappan St
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Categories and Awards – CASH PRIZES IN 2017!

The 5K and 10K races will have Cash Prizes For Overall 1-3. 1st – $100, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $30, 1st Place Masters (40+) – $50. with custom Run For Holland medals for 2nd and third places as well as masters and age group winners (13 & under, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+)

Schedule

7:00 Registration and Packet Pickup Opens

8:15 Registration and Packet Pickup Closes

8:30 1 Mile Fun Run

8:45 5K and 10K Race Start

10:00 Awards

Race Start

First Baptist Church
125 W Tappan St
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Parking

Either direction you drive in you will be on Summit Avenue. On Summit Avenue you will be directed to park in the multiple parking lots
at the old Pinebridge Coliseum and Inn. There will be overflow parking at the cross street building, first baptist church, and Ingles.

Appalachian Exposures Photography

If you would like race day pictures there will be professional pictures available through Appalachian Exposures. When you purchase
a photo from them they proceeds come right back to Run For Holland!

2015 Pictures (Only Available for Limited Time)

2014 Pictures 

Why Holland?

Adam & Brooke’s genetic counselor advised them in many ways throughout their pregnancy once they knew Holland had down syndrome. They had many questions and there were many calls and emails with Carolyn to help them understand and navigate this new road. One of Carolyn’s emails included a short story called “Welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley. Reading the story brought on more tears and a relief that someone put into words how they were feeling. This story spoke to Adam and Brooke in such a special way that they started talking about using this story as inspiration for their daughter. They began to use that name when talking about her to see how it felt and from the beginning they both knew that this was the perfect name for their precious miracle! Please read the following excerpt:

“Welcome to Holland” By Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says,

“Welcome to Holland.”

“Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say

“Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland.

1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved

Registration

Want To Register?

If you would like to register for this year’s race, please do so below…

Why Holland?

Adam & Brooke’s genetic counselor advised them in many ways throughout their pregnancy once they knew Holland had down syndrome. They had many questions and there were many calls and emails with Carolyn to help them understand and navigate this new road. One of Carolyn’s emails included a short story called “Welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley. Reading the story brought on more tears and a relief that someone put into words how they were feeling. This story spoke to Adam and Brooke in such a special way that they started talking about using this story as inspiration for their daughter. They began to use that name when talking about her to see how it felt and from the beginning they both knew that this was the perfect name for their precious miracle! Please read the following excerpt:

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Thank You!

 

Welcome to the Run For Holland 5K for Down syndrome awareness! Presented by Spruce Pine Lions Club.

Thank you! On behalf of the Spruce Pine Lions Club and the Run For Holland board of directors, thank you. Thank you for all the support, love, and encouragement that has been given to us through planning this fantastic race. It is our hope that with you all we can grow this event into more than just a 5K race that happens once a year. We want the Run For Holland idea to spread through our community like wildfire and give families and individuals the love and support they deserve.

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Contact Info

 

If you have any questions about how to register, volunteering or any other questions, please contact Race Organizer...Adam Burleson.

Phone:    (828) 385-2341
Email:    burleson.adam@gmail.com
Race Location: Riverside Park 200 E Tappan St Spruce Pine , NC 28777

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