Holland and Brooke met me at the finish of my first marathon with this sign.

I Run For Holland – I Run For Happiness

I picked up running a few years after I graduated college. I honestly was just looking for a way to lose some pounds. After sticking with it for about a year I signed up for my first race. It was a 10K and it was so hard! However when I was done I thought to myself “I need to get better, I want to do this again!” I would do 3-4 races a year over the next couple years.

Within that time I met my lovely wife Brooke, got married, and we also found out we were having baby Holland. Soon after finding out she would have Down syndrome I decided I wanted to not only plan this race but I wanted to run my first marathon for Holland. Training for the marathon taught me a lot about myself as a runner. I learned that with the right inspiration I could do about anything I set my mind to. I learned that running shouldn’t be a chore. It is a time to reflect, to decompress, and to enjoy the beauty all around us that God created. I run to have a happy healthy life and I run for Holland.

~Adam Burleson~


Thank You!


Welcome to the Run For Holland 5K for Down syndrome awareness! Presented by Run For Holland Foundation.

Thank you! On behalf of the Run For Holland Foundation 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 and 10K 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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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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