Thursday, April 23, 2015

DISCOUNT: Haiti 10K, 5K and Kids Run - Zion's Children of Haiti Fundraiser

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Join us at Sugar House Park Saturday, May 9th for a 10k, 5K race and 1K fun run to raise money for Zion's Children of Haiti, a local charity that sponsors education for children in Haiti. Come out and see what you can do while supporting a great charity.

Save money when you register as a team! Register a 5K team of 4 for only $80 and a 10K team of 4 for only $120. That's a savings of $5 per runner.

Saturday, May 9th 2015

  • 7:30am - 8:15am: Registration
  • 8:30am: 10K race start
  • 8:45am: 5K race start
  • 9:15am: Kids fun run (1K)

Learn more about Zion’s Children of Haiti.

DISCOUNT:

Enter code enjoyut5 for $5 off your registration. Register online.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

National Park Hikes for Kids

Our 3 year-old in Little Wild Horse Canyon.
Utah has some of the greatest National Parks in the country. At Utah's Adventure Family, we have done a lot hiking in many of Utah's Parks. If you are planning a trip, make sure you visit our website for information and directions to hikes that are kid-friendly in the following parks:
Yellowstone: From waterfalls to lakes to bubbling hotpots, we've got a great list of hikes for kids if you're visiting the nation's oldest National Park.
Canyonlands: We've done all the kids hikes in both the Needles and Island in the Sky areas of the park. No matter which side you visit, there are great hikes for kids.
Arches: Our favorite Utah National Park has tons of simple hikes for kids. You'll know just what to expect and which hikes to take after reading about our kids hikes. Full review of Arches here. 
Great Basin: Located just over the western border in Nevada, most Utahns aren't even aware of the awesome hikes, cool animals, and amazing cave system at Great Basin National Park. Full review of Great Basin here.
Goblin Valley: Goblin Valley is a state park, but there are some pretty amazing hikes there. Be sure to read about Little Wild Horse Canyon located just outside the park. It's our kids favorite all-time hike!

For more information on festivals, hikes, museums, camping, and all other adventures in Utah, come over to Utah's Adventure Family and follow us on TwitterInstagramFacebookYoutubeor Pinterest.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Camping Made Easy!

Everything you need to go camping in 3 easy bins!
It's camping season! At Utah's Adventure Family we have some great ideas for organizing your camping gear and getting everything you need for your trip into the great outdoors. We have organized the gear into 4 easy to grab bins that can help you get you car loaded in 15 minutes or less. Best of all, it'll always be there waiting for that spur of the moment camping trip, and you'll never miss a thing.
So check out our posts: The Big Stuff, The Cooking Bin, The Tent Bin, and the Other Essentials to make sure that you get everything with you the next time you're on the road.
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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

25 Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home

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Author: Alyssa Craig

Spring has officially sprung, but your house still looks like the dead of winter. There are many changes (both big and small) that you can make so that your house reflects this time of sunshine, budding trees, and gorgeous colors. Look for ways to apply some of these simple suggestions around your house and you will soon have your family taking in spring everywhere they turn.

  1. Brightly Colored Pillows: Whether on the bed, the couch, or the big chair in the front room, replacing darker pillows with more brightly colored ones will help add spring to the room. If you don’t want to buy new pillows, simply put covers on your current ones.
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  2. Add a Floral Pattern to Your Bed: This can be done by adding a throw blanket on the end of the bed or wrapping a yard of mod floral fabric around the headboard.

  3. Patterned Lampshade: Replace boring or dark lampshades with ones more colorful or with a spring-like pattern.

  4. Add Bright Wall Decal to a Room: A good wall decal can brighten up a room easily without injuring your paint job or taking a lot of your time.

  5. Add Fruit to Your Vases: In a transparent vase of flowers, place fruits in the bottom, like kumquats and granny smith apples. This will give the regular vase of flowers a new edge.

  6. Exchange Thick Curtains for Sheer Panels: Allowing more sunlight into the room and a lighter, more flowing material will give any room a lighter feel.

  7. Clean Your Windows: Sometimes all you need is a good cleaning to help your home feel more fresh. Getting your windows washed and treated for all the dirt and grime they collected over the fall and winter will be a big step toward a spring feel.

  8. Children’s Artwork: Let your kids create pretty paintings with spring colors and frame them to be put up around the house as part of the decor.
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  9. Colorful Vases: Whether filled with flowers or standing alone, colored vases are a great addition for the mantel, porch, or bookshelf.

  10. Add Sliced Citrus into your Bouquets: Another great use of fruit with bouquets is to slice citrus fruit in half and arrange them along with the flowers.

  11. Bird’s Nest Display: Spring is a time when birds come back and baby birds are in abundance. A couple of fake nest displays for decoration in the house are completely spring appropriate.

  12. Put Away Winter Coats and Clothing: Big winter coats, boots and other warm clothing can take up a lot of room in the closet. Do some spring cleaning and put these warmer clothes away, making room for shorts, t-shirts, and swimsuits.

  13. Put Painted Sticks in a Vase: Among other great decoration tips suggested here, consider painting sticks found in the yard and display them in vases, rather than using flowers, putting a unique twist on typical spring decor.

  14. Start an Herb Garden: Buy small planters and start an herb garden right in your own kitchen. Not only will herbs be useful and smell great, but they will also add a little greenery to your home.

  15. Spring Wreath: Add a great spring wreath to your front door, creating an inviting air for any guests coming to your house.

  16. Bring Tree Blossoms Inside: Often we admire tree blossoms but don’t consider bringing them inside! Displaying some gorgeous blossoms will be a great addition to your home.

  17. Lemon Peels Down the Disposal: This is a great way to freshen up your kitchen. It will smell good as well as neutralize any undesirable odors coming from the disposal.

  18. Swap Out Artwork and Put Up Framed, Dried Flowers: Framing and displaying dried flowers is a great way to bring the beauty of spring in your home and will create a decoration you can continue to use for years to come.

  19. Get a Terrarium: Instead of more flowers, consider displaying a terrarium in your home with succulents, moss, or even air plants.

  20. Put Out Your Patio or Porch Furniture: As soon as you are sure the weather in your area has permanently switched to spring, put out your patio or porch furniture. Your tables and chairs in the back and your porch swing out front will provide great ways to enjoy the pleasant spring weather.

  21. Fresh Scents: Buy plug in scents or refreshing candles to create fresh, spring scents throughout your home.

  22. Add Colorful Pots of Fresh Plants to Your Porch: Buy or paint pots and then plant flowers or plants to display on your front porch.

  23. Use Old Glass Bottles as Vases: Instead of regular vases, get some old glass soda bottles, jelly jars, or wine bottles. Clear, as well as colored glass vases make for great decorative pieces.

  24. Watering Cans with Flowers: For yet another vase alternative, try an old watering can. The more vintage looking, the better!

  25. Put Out a Bowl of Fresh Produce: Spring brings with it a new batch of in-season produce. A bowl filled with fresh fruits and produce can help you and your family remember to eat well, as well as allowing the kitchen to look great while doing it.

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Monday, April 06, 2015

The Farm at Gardner Village

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The Farm at Gardner Village
1100 W 7800 S
West Jordan, UT 84084

We recently spent an afternoon at The Farm at Gardner Village, and had a blast! We learned so much about this amazing “petting zoo” that we didn’t know before, and are so excited to share it with you!

2015-03-25 11.10.24The Farm is owned by Cowboy Gil, and you will never meet a nicer cowboy!  Not only is he friendly with the visitors to his Farm, but the kindness he shows to his animals is heartwarming.

Most of the animals at The Farm are rescue animals that have been abused by a previous owner. Cowboy Gil takes them in, loves them, and cares for them. Usually with horses and ponies, a bit is used in their mouth to guide them where you want them to go, but because they have been abused, Cowboy Gil does not use a bit. He doesn’t want them to feel any kind of pain; “they’ve been through enough”. While guiding them around the Village during a pony ride, he even took care to walk along the right side of one of the ponies because he noticed that walking on the left side made him nervous.

While we were there, a little girl was scared to ride one of the ponies. Cowboy Gil was so great with her, and taught her a fun song to sing while riding. When she came back from the ride, she was so excited about riding, and wanted to ride again! He definitely has a way with the visitors and the animals!

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Admission to The Farm is a minimum donation of $5. Of course, you can always make a larger than asked for donation to help the animals out.

They are open 10am to 6pm Monday through Saturday, and when their summer hours kick in they will be open until 8pm.

  • $2 Tuesdays: Instead of the regular $5 donation, the minimum donation request is only $2 every Tuesday.

Giving back to the community:

  • Free Food Fridays:
    If you bring food for the Utah Food Bank to The Farm at Gardner Village on Fridays you get some food to feed the animals for free.
  • Riding Lessons:
    Talk with Cowboy Gil about signing your children up for riding lessons!
  • Mental Health Mondays:
    $1 for each kid who comes through the petting farm on Mondays in April will be donated to the Polizzi clinic to help in their efforts to treat patients with mental health issues.
  • Stay tuned to The Farm’s Facebook page for more updates on ways they are giving back to the community!

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NEW DISCOUNT CODE: The Color Run

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The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality.

Now the single largest event series in the world, The Color Run has exploded since our debut event. We have more than tripled our growth, hosting more than 300 events in 50+ countries in 2014.

Read more about The Color Run, and how much fun we have had the last few years!

 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Bunny Approved Easter Baskets

Chocolate Easter Bunny in a Basket

Author: Whitney Hollingshead

The Easter Bunny is as excited as ever to visit your home this spring. He’s been searching high and low for the best items to fill the baskets at your house. We asked the Easter Bunny to share more about his preparations for 2015 and he shared a few hints on what you may find this year.  

Tasty Treats

The Easter Bunny is likely to leave favorite treats for each individual in your home. The treats may even be found trapped inside of colorful plastic eggs. In addition to favorite sweets, the Easter Bunny may include some of these items in each basket:

  • Candy eggs of all shapes, sizes, and flavors. The Easter Bunny loves to share chocolate eggs filled with marshmallow cream or caramel, jelly beans in every flavor you can imagine, and candy eggs that look just like eggs from a bird’s nest.

  • Candy bunnies and chicks. Watch for springtime animals made of chocolate or soft marshmallow coated in colored sugar.

  • Healthy snacks. The Easter Bunny wants you to remember that tasty treats can be good for you too. Watch for real fruit leather, flavored applesauce cups, dried fruit, pretzels, fresh fruit, and air popped popcorn.

  • Breakfast goodies. The Easter Bunny knows that good food should be enjoyed all day long. So be on the lookout for your favorite breakfast cereal, muffins, breakfast bars, hot cocoa packets, and juice boxes.

  • Personalized Snack Mix. The Easter Bunny knows which snacks you prefer so he may just leave a special snack mix made just for you. His famous snack mix may include cereal squares, cheese crackers, mini pretzels, craisins, and dried apples.

Tools to Help You Smile

The Easter Bunny loves to see children and adults all over the world smiling not only on Easter morning, but throughout the entire year. To make sure you have a healthy smile, the Easter Bunny may leave some of the following items in the baskets at your home:

  • Toothbrush (watch for fun designs including your favorite cartoon characters)

  • Toothpaste

  • Dental floss (maybe even in a fun flavor!)

  • Sugar free gum

  • Teething ring (the Easter Bunny always follows the dentist’s recommendations)

  • Chapstick

  • Lip gloss

Make sure to take a lot of pictures with your Easter basket and don’t forget to smile!

Spring Attire

Two Girls Hands Holding an Easter Basket - Close UpThe Easter Bunny has been keeping a close eye on your closet this year. He really wants you to look your best so he may leave a surprise that involves clothing, shoes, or accessories. If you have outgrown or worn out your spring clothes from last year, he may leave some new clothes to replace them.

If you are in need of shorts, tees, and sandals for summer, you may find these with your basket. The Easter Bunny also loves picking out new swimming suits for the upcoming summer!  

The Easter Bunny loves seeing adults and children all dressed up in spring colors so he may even leave dresses for the girls and button down shirts and ties for the boys. If your spring dress clothes are still in great shape, you may find a cute bracelet, new socks, or a fun hat.

 

A New Book

The Easter Bunny never gets tired of learning and he wants to share the joy with your whole family. Watch for some of these fun books:

  • Cute kid reading a book outdoorColoring books

  • Sticker books

  • Story books

  • Easter stories

  • Adventure books

  • Music books for your instrument

  • Picture books

  • Chapter books

  • Classic literature

  • History books

  • Joke books

  • Cookbooks

  • Hobby books & tutorials

  • Crossword puzzles

  • Sudoku puzzles

 

A Surprise to Use Outdoors

The Easter Bunny does not want you to miss the beautiful spring weather, so he may leave some fun items to encourage you to spend more time outdoors. He is also a big fan of staying healthy and physically fit so he always keeps your health in mind too. Here are some items he may use to surprise and delight you:

  • Jumprope

  • Sidewalk chalk

  • Kite

  • Sand toys

  • Water guns

  • Water balloons

  • Basketball

  • Soccer ball

  • Football

  • Baseball glove

  • Frisbee

  • Croquet set

  • Tennis racquet

  • Ladder golf

  • Beach towel

  • Golf balls

  • Personalized water bottle

  • Fitbit

  • Run Lock key safe

  • Gardening tools

Remember that the Easter Bunny takes pride in choosing the best items to fill your basket. Of course, you won’t receive everything on this list, but you will receive some items hand picked just for you. Happy Easter!

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Internet Addiction & the Family: 13 Steps to Healthier Internet Use

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Author: Whitney Hollingshead

When we hear the word “addiction” we most often think of drugs and alcohol. However, in today’s fast paced, tech savvy world, the internet itself is becoming a source of addiction for many parents, teens, and even children.

Addiction sets in when an individual forms an uncontrollable habit of using the internet, even when negative consequences result. For an internet addict, the internet may be a source of escape, or may even provide a sense of euphoria. In addition, the individual believes they have to use the internet to feel normal.

So what are the signs of internet addiction? Read on to learn more about the signs and how you can help family members develop healthy internet habits.

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Signs of an Internet Addiction

Here are some common signs associated with an internet addiction. Consider these signs in relation to every member of your family. Remember that the person who has a problem with internet usage, may even be you.

  • Loses track of time while using any internet device

  • Loses interest in other activities

  • Spends time online instead of sleeping

  • Becomes agitated or angry when internet time is interrupted or when the internet cannot be accessed

  • Neglects responsibilities like work, household duties, homework, or chores

  • Chooses screen time instead of spending time with family and friends

  • Refuses to follow established family rules regarding internet usage

  • Finds ways to sneak extra internet time, goes online in secret

  • Forms relationships with online friends and neglects friends or family in person

  • Gains or loses weight due to changes in eating and physical activity associated with prolonged time in front of a screen

In order to both deal with any current problems the internet is causing in your home and to help prevent future problems, the internet must become a healthy part of normal family life.

 

Making the Internet a Healthy Part of Normal Family Life

When used correctly, the internet can enhance family life. So how do you achieve healthy internet habits within your family? Check out the 13 tips below.

  1. Place all computers, televisions, and even portable devices in the central hub of your home. All screen time should always take place out in the open, never in secret. Enforce the rule that screen time is only allowed when an adult is in the room. Never let your child take a device with them to bed.

  1. Use content filters. Whether you use a filter found online, purchase filtering software, or use a filter on your internet router, find a content filter that works. Restricting the content that comes into your home will help prevent future problems. Change Netflix, Hulu, and other subscriptions to family friendly settings.

  1. If your child has a television or computer in their bedroom and you choose to not remove them, use parental controls or a password to limit access so that you are aware of any and all screen time.

  1. Do not allow your child to have any screen time until all of their chores and homework are completed.

  1. Never allow screen time of any kind during dinner, family fun, family discussions, or other family events.

  1. smiling girl holding big clockDecide on a set amount of screen time each day. This time covers all devices, including television and movies. Ask the child how they would prefer to spend their time each day and make them accountable for their choices.

  1. Consider dividing the time between entertainment and further learning. For example, your child may be given 30 minutes to play a spelling game and 30 minutes to watch a cartoon. Any homework that requires screen time should be addressed separately.

  1. Help your children use the internet for good and make sure internet usage is age appropriate and consistent with your family values.

  1. Always encourage your child to ask questions about the world around them. When your child has a question, encourage them to find the answer. The best route is to research the answer with your child. Since the internet is used for research more often than any other source, finding answers to questions together is a great way to teach your children how to use the internet for good. Searching together also enables you to direct your child to appropriate sources of information. (This time should count as further learning time. If you count this time as entertainment time, your child may stop asking questions.) 

  1. Set a timer for the set amount of screen time. When the timer goes off, make your child leave the device and encourage active play afterward. Active play involves hands on activities and/or physical exercise.

  1. Do not use additional screen time as a reward for good behavior. They key is to focus on setting a healthy amount of screen time each day, so rewarding a child with extra time decreases the positive effects. You can, however, use a decrease in the amount of screen time as a consequence for bad behavior.

  1. Strive for a healthy life balance in your home. Structure daily routines around healthy eating, learning, physical exercise, getting adequate rest, conversing with family members, working, and having fun.

  1. Follow all of the rules above yourself and encourage your spouse to do the same. Your children will learn that an appropriate use of screen time can be a normal and healthy part of family life, but only if every family member treats it as such.

Seek Additional Help When Necessary

Using the internet as a healthy part of a normal family life is crucial to preventing internet addiction and helping family members who struggle with addiction; however, you may need additional resources based upon your family’s circumstances. While this article focuses mainly on helping children avoid a drug addiction, the overall suggestions are very applicable to helping with appropriate use of the internet as well.

If any family member is struggling with an internet addiction, reach out to trusted individuals who can provide help. Professional counseling and therapy can be very helpful. If one of your children is struggling with an internet addiction, make sure you inform the child’s teachers, babysitters, and care providers of the problem and the steps you are taking to help your child.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Woodland Fairies at Gardner Village

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We were strolling around Gardner Village the other day, and discovered that some Woodland Fairies have made their homes there! The main portion of the Woodland Fairies is in the center court area, but there are fairies scattered around the rest of the Village as well.

Rumor has it that they will be packing up their homes and flying away on April 25, so make sure to catch them before they’re gone!

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Fairy House Tours

At Georgell Doll Shop, you can take a tour of over 25 fairy houses, including the Queens Tea Room and a Spritely Circus. One of our favorites was the Puppet Fairy Theater.

You can tour the houses every Saturday, now until April 25, and the cost is only $5 per person. Tours are weather permitting; we wouldn’t want the fairies’ houses blowing away!

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Woodland Fairy Parade

Join Spoiled Rotten for a fairy parade every Saturday at 1pm. Face painting ($5) will also be available from noon to 2pm. Parades will be held every Saturday now until the fairies fly away on April 25.

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Fairy Garden Class

Aunt Elsie’s is holding a fairy garden making class on Saturday, March 28 at 9:30am. Cost is $15 and must be reserved in advance by calling (801) 561-5557.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Utah's City Festivals

Photo from KSL.
Interested in a city festival near you? At Utah's Adventure Family we have dates and links for for many of the festivals across the Wasatch Front. Check out everything from Art City Days in Springville to . . . well, there isn't one that starts with a "z" but there are a lot of fun festivals coming up!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

5K and Fun Runs in Utah

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We love a good run, and it makes it more fun doing it with friends at an organized event, especially one with a theme.

Below is a list of runs coming up in Utah. Because most runners will travel anywhere in the state for a good run, we have not organized it by county, but by date. (Thanks to Alyssa Craig…some of these came from her post about running. Make sure to check it out for tips!)

We would like this list to be an ongoing list, so if you know of one we have missed, please leave us a comment or email us at contact@enjoyutah.org. Check back often, as we will be adding runs as we hear about them. This list is guaranteed to grow! Thanks!

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The Easter Egg Virtual Run - 5k/10k/Half Marathon
Saturday April 4-12, 2015

We are so egg-cited we just can't hide it! Join us for this fun virtual run as we celebrate Easter with this Easter Egg Virtual Run. This is a virtual race, so run/walk/crawl where ever you are whenever you can. You can even complete this race on the treadmill. Every runner will receive a 4" Easter Egg Run medal

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April 8 – August 26, 2015

The Wasatch Front has some of the most beautiful trails for running. Join others who love to enjoy nature while getting a good workout.
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Friday April 10, 2015 – Hill Air Force Base

Go for the glow. Stay for the run. Help raise awareness for some great causes
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Saturday April 11, 2015 – Camp Floyd in Fairfield

Come experience the life of a pony express rider and reenact the ride in your running shoes from Camp Floyd to St. Joseph, Missouri and back on April 11th at 10am.  Deliver the mail in your own haversack, take an oath for the pony express, visit the paymaster, and more!
10410477_839855529386390_8802275736446866356_n[11] Transplant Superhero 5k
Saturday April 11, 2015 – Liberty Park

The Transplant Buddy Foundation proudly presents Transplant Superhero 5K FUN Run/Walk for all ages. Join our efforts in raising funds and awareness for transplant patients and support those superheroes who have selflessly given a gift of life to others.
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Saturday April 11, 2015 – Sugarhouse Park

We have designed this 5K and health fair in an attempt to educate members of our own community on Type 2 Diabetes.
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Saturday April 11, 2015 – South Jordan

With proceeds benefiting Huntsman Cancer Institute, not only can participants be a hero on race day, but they can also be a hero for local cancer patients.  Sign up today, and "Be Somebody's Hero"!   
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Saturday April 18, 2015 – Orem

The Timp Tri is a Splash distance triathlon which includes a 5k Run, 12 Mile Bike, and 350 Meter Swim in that order.
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Saturday April 18, 2015 – Orem

All of the proceeds from the 5k run/walk will go to scholarships for this year’s senior class.
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Friday April 24, 2015 – Liberty Park in SLC

Enjoy an early summer evening’s 5K or 10K run/walk – two or four laps around Liberty Park starting at Tracy Aviary. We’ll finish up at Chase Mill for music and and a delicious light meal with beverages.
10985426_720054484777700_1201130098376085203_n[4] Miles For Mitchell
Saturday April 25, 2015 - Herriman

Miles for Mitchell is a 5K run held in memory of Mitchell Jones, who passed away on March 2, 2013 at the age of 10 from acute heart failure as a result of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
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Saturday April 25, 2015 – Tooele

YEE HAW! Welcome to the 2015 Ghost Town Spring Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon and 5k – The PERFECT way to kick-off your triathlon season with swim at Pratt Aquatic Center, fast bike through the roads west of Tooele, and run throughout town.
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Saturday April 25, 2015 – Sugarhouse

Each year we gear up and head to the park for an invigorating competitive 5k run. The proceeds are always designated for charity. In years past we have donated to the Utah Food Bank to stomp out hunger. This years agenda is to give back to our community, by allocating monies to Sugar House Park running trail. We, as runners, want to be “Runners 4 Trails”.
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Saturday April 25, 205 – Riverdale

Our Utah Military students strive to keep active and healthy, and are constantly helping their school and community. Come help us help them! Patriotic dress encouraged! There will be a 2.5k walk also for those who do not wish to run the 5k, and a fun run ''Thunder-Under 5FT" dash for kids!
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Saturday April 25, 2015 – Thanksgiving Point

Runners will travel through the Thanksgiving Point 55-acre estate Garden (through over 250,000 tulips, over waterfalls, through the Italian, Secret, and Parterre Gardens), over 5 miles of paths through the meandering Thanksgiving Point 18-Hole Championship Golf Course, and crossing the Jordan River twice.
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Saturday April 25, 2015 – Hawthorne Academy in West Jordan

There is a 5K or 1 mile Fun Run with a free breakfast, prizes, race shirt and more!  The race starts at 8:30am!  See even schedule below.  Then we will have the Health, Safety and Preparedness Expo from 10am - 4pm.  There will be classes, vendors, booths, demonstrations and prizes all day long!
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Saturday May 2, 2015 - Herriman

The race is organized by the Oquirrh Girl Scout Service Unit to generate support and raise awareness for Girls Scouts of Utah
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Saturday May 2, 2015 – West Jordan

We invite you to come in or out of costume, but please be respectful of others when bringing props or costume-wear. Come dressed as your favorite space cowboy, villian, swing around that lightsaber, push a stroller/pod racer down the track, or come as any other sci/fi character.
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Saturday May 2, 2015 – Holladay

Enjoy a beautiful spring morning walking or running through the scenic Walker Lane area.  The race begins and ends at Saint Sophia School 5341 S Highland Drive. The course is mostly flat with a few rolling hills.  You will leave the school parking lot heading South and then head East to Walker Lane.
 

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Saturday May 2, 2015 – North Ogden

Entry fee is $45 until Apr 25 and $55 after for half marathon; $25 for 5K until Apr 25 and $35 after.
10420384_441833955982417_1929987028687089095_n[9] Unified Firefighter’s Outreach Half-Marathon and 5k
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - Herriman

The race will benefit Angel's Hands Foundation, hosted by Unified Firefighter's Outreach.
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Saturday May 9, 2015 – Ogden

To benefit nature programs at Ogden Nature Center, please join us for the 13th Annual Fly with the Flock 5K Fun Run/2.5K for kids. Children will enjoy the 100 foot kids’ dash and everyone will love our fantastic pancake breakfast after the run.
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Haiti 10K, 5K and Kids Run - Zion's Children of Haiti Fundraiser
Saturday May 9, 2015 – Sugarhouse

Join us at Sugar House Park Saturday, May 9th for a 10k, 5K race and 1K fun run to raise money for Zion's Children of Haiti, a local charity that sponsors education for children in Haiti. Come out and see what you can do while supporting a great charity.

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Saturday May 9, 2015 – Salt Lake

Goldilocks helps provide real-hair wigs to women in cancer treatments. Hair donations are collected at the event.
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Saturday May 9, 2015 – Vernal

If you’ve never seen Dry Fork Canyon in Vernal than you haven’t experienced one of the most awe inspiring and “rustic” canyons in Utah! The Half Marathon is 13.1 miles and starts at 7:30 a.m. The Dino Dash is a half mile and is for Kids 12 years old and under and starts at 10:30 a.m.  Parents may run with their kids!
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Saturday May 9, 2015 -  Smithfield

Part of Smithfield’s Health Days
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Saturday May 9, 2015 – Tooele

Fun 5k raising money for USU Tooele Scholarship.
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Saturday May 9, 2015 – Big Cottonwood Canyon

Vigor Utah is proud to invite you to the 4th Annual Big Cottonwood Canyon Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K race. This mostly downhill course is perfect for the rookie half marathoner and a great way for the experienced runner to achieve a new PR.
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Saturday May 16, 2015 - American Fork

This is a 14.5 mile run starting from the Timpanogos Temple and traveling along the Murdock Canal and Provo River Trail and finish at the Provo Temple. Proceeds from this race will benefit LDS Charities and their efforts around the world. 
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Saturday May 16, 2015 – American Fork

10th annual Woman of Steel Triathlon, Duathlon & 5k! What a great way to get you and your girlfriends together to enjoy a fun day of competition! This classic triathlon event is a women-only pool sprint consisting of a 300 meter pool swim, 12 mile bike, and 3 mile run. Two- and three-women relay teams are welcome.
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Saturday May 16, 2015 - Murray

3rd Annual 5K Race to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley
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Friday May 22, 2015 – St George

A spectacular course at the former municipal airport. Participants will get to race down the airport runway with fantastic views of the entire town. This event is a can't miss race with lots of rocking tunes, amazing glowing giveaways, and glow awards!
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Saturday May 23, 2015 – Utah State Fairpark

Color Me Rad is loosely based on the Hindu Festival of Colors, otherwise known as Holi. The festive colors used are a sign of winter’s end and spring’s new beginnings. Or in the case of RAD; the color represents the end of lame runs and the beginning of fun runs.
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Saturday May 23, 2015 – Salt Lake City

5KRunDead zombie runs will exceed your expectations for fun! 100% of proceeds benefit scientific research on cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
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Monday May 25, 2015 – Bountiful

This annual event is held to honor the memory of our loved ones and offers a 10K, 5K run & 2 mile walk.  Come join us on Memorial Day.
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Saturday May 30, 2015 - Murray

It's the wackiest, craziest, and bounciest obstacle fun run to hit the nation! The concept of this unique fun run are the giant inflatable obstacles spread throughout the course that bounce, bump, and slide you all over the place!
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Saturday May 30, 2015 - Eureka

Join Tintic High Athletic Teams (T.H.A.T) for their 1st ever Half-Marathon, 10k, or 5k race starting and finishing at Tintic High School. Proceeds from the race will benefit high school athletic teams.
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Oquirrh Mountain Half Marathon/5K
Saturday May 30, 2015 – Tooele

We promise you that you will enjoy the beautiful, narrow and meandering Middle Canyon and the remarkable vistas on the Anaconda (Smelter) Road. From this run, you will have a wondrous view of the Great Salt Lake.

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Jordan River Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K
Saturday May 30, 2015 – Salt Lake City

This primarily flat 26.2 mile course from Salt Lake City to Draper (or Murray to Draper for the Half marathon) follows the Jordan River Parkway with minimal elevation gain or descent. A few overpasses, a couple of underpasses and a handful of bridges present the biggest challenges aside from the mileage itself.

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Father's Day SUPERDAD 5K
June 1-30, 2015

Father’s Day SUPERDAD 5K is being run for all of the Dads out there in honor of Father’s Day.  Participants dedicate their run to their father, or someone that has been a father figure to them in their life.  Every participant will receive TWO MEDALS – one for you and one to give to your Dad.

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Saturday June 6, 2015 – Bountiful

100% of your entry fee and/or donation goes to South Davis Recovery. The Backstreet Club supports people and families in recovery from various addictions. We save the lives of alcoholics and addicts, and help families stay together. We provide a safe facility where community members can attend 12-step meetings and sober activities.  Many people need our support and have nowhere else to go.

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Saturday June 13, 2015 – Provo

Come run this June marathon in the beauty of Utah Valley. Rolling farm land, Deer Creek Reservoir, cascading waterfalls, the Provo River will offer a scenic running adventure.
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Judges Run 5K Fun Run/Walk
Saturday June 13, 2015 – Salt Lake City

AWARDS, raffles and A FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST!!!   Pet-friendly, Stroller-friendly, Free Event T-Shirt.   100% of the proceeds are donated to Huntsman Cancer Foundation for breast-cancer research.

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Saturday June 13, 2015 -  Smithfield
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Saturday June 20, 2015 - Herriman

This is a very fun 5K that is mostly run on the paved trail system through Herriman. Runners will enjoy the variety that this course offers. There is some uphill and downhill while winding through the paved trails.
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Friday June 26, 2015 – Provo

The Provo Midnight Run is a Half Marathon that starts at the Best Western Plus Provo River Inn and runs out and back on the Provo River Trail System 13.1 miles for the Half Marathon. 10K and 5K options are available as well. The course is fairly flat with some rolling hills.
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Saturday June 27, 2015 – Young Living Farms in Mona

This June breathe in the fresh aroma of lavender as you race on a scenic course through our 200 fragrant, blossoming acres of brilliant purple and help us kick off our Lavender Day celebration!
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The Biggest Loser Run/Walk Salt Lake City Off-Road Challenge
Saturday June 27, 2015 – Midway

Join former contestants from The Biggest Loser and wind through an off-road challenge designed by Spartan Race! This is the perfect opportunity to get off the couch and discover the world of trail running/walking!

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Saturday July 11, 2015 – Utah State Fairgrounds

If you’ve done a traditional 5K, you know they can be a bit lackluster. But the BUBBLE RUN™ is like running through Willy Wonkas’ factory.
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Saturday July 11, 2015 – Springville

This USATF Certified Half Marathon course begins up Hobble Creek Canyon and ends in the city of Springville. Come find out why this has become one of the fastest growing races in Utah.
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Saturday July 18, 2015 – Draper

Draper Days 1k and 5k Races take place starting at 7 am on July 18, 2015
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Friday July 24, 2015 – Liberty Park in Salt Lake City

First run in 1970, the Deseret News Marathon is the oldest road race in Utah and the fourth oldest marathon west of the continental divide. The marathon follows the path that the Utah pioneers traveled when they first entered the valley. The event is truly a part of Utah's heritage and history!
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Friday July 24, 2015 - Canyon Glen Park, Provo

Supporting single mothers who dream of earning their college degree to improve their quality of life. The Pioneer Day Raft and Run is a one-of-kind race that combines five miles of race rafting with a 5K run (or walk).
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Friday July 24, 2015 – Bountiful

This event is a hoot and a holler! Bring the whole family, pick an event (half marathon, 5k or 1k), and run with Pioneer Pete! Afterwards all registered participants can receive a free breakfast courtesy of the Bountiful Exchange Club. Then head to the park for fun and games! Celebrate Bountiful's heritage!
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ET PHONE HOME 5K - Linda's Run
August 1 – 31, 2015

Join us on our first E.T. themed virtual race: PHONE HOME 5K! We are running in honor of Linda Hodges (read her story on the link) and part of the proceeds from this race will be donated to help Linda and her family make her HOME wheel-chair accessible, while another portion will be donated to the American Diabetes Associates (ADA).

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Saturday August 1, 2015 – West Jordan

Wizards and Muggles are invited out for a 5K Fun Run to remember. The Third Annual Potter Run! Proceeds will benefit HopeKids Utah.
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Friday August 15, 2015 – Ogden

Starting at 10:00AM in the heat of the day of August a jail break will occur. Hundreds of runners dressed in prison garb will hear a siren and be hosed by coppers (volunteers) with hoses, super soakers and more. Along the course you will have coppers (volunteers) jump out of bushes and hose you down.
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August 16, 2014 – Midvale

Join the Midvale Rotary Club in the annual 5K Run and Walk.
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Saturday August 22, 2015 – Salt Lake City

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality.
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Saturday August 29, 2015 – Sugarhouse

Join the Children's Tumor Foundation at Sugarhouse Park for the fifth annual Salt Lake City NF Walk
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Volition America Half Marathon and 5k
Saturday September 5, 2015 – Ogden

Join us at Ogden Botanical Gardens and MTC Learning Park in Ogden, Utah for the Volition America Half Marathon & 5K. This new half marathon series is the first of it's kind to honor America through running and is steeped with patriotic distinction.

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Saturday September 12, 2015 – Big Cottonwood Canyon

The half marathon will begin approximately 10 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon at Spruces Campground, and the full marathon will begin approximately 15 miles up the canyon at Brighton Ski Resort.
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Saturday September 19, 2015 – Soldier Hollow

The Dirty Dash is a mud run obstacle course where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy and subsequently converts boy to man and then man to swine. All you’ll need is a complete lack of shame to wallow in pits of mud and a smile to show through at the end!
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Saturday September 19, 2015 – Logan

This 5K course starts at the southeast corner of Merlin Olsen Park and will follow the last 2.5 miles of the NordicTrack Top of Utah Marathon course. It will pass by the Historical Tabernacle and Downtown areas before passing below the century old LDS Temple.
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Saturday September 26, 2015 – Location TBD

The superhero run was started as way to encourage people to awaken their inner superhero and take action for a worthy cause. At Specialty Hospital of Utah, as for so many families and individuals in our communities, the worthy cause is bravely facing chronic illnesses and medical conditions.
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Discover The North Face Endurance Challenge Utah
Saturday September 26, 2015 – Park City

Entry fees range from $30 to $50 for 5K, from $40 to $65 for 10K, from $65 to $100 for half marathon, from $150 to $210 for marathon relay, from $75 to $110 for marathon, from $80 to $115 for 50K and from $90 to $125 for 50 Mile.

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Saturday October 2, 2015 – Gardner Village

Wear your Witchy best and bring the family in costume to kick-off the Halloween Season at Gardner Village! Run with the world famous Gardner Village Witches! PLUS, you’ll enjoy hot cider, hot cocoa, treats for the kids and a halloween fun run like no other in Utah!
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Saturday October 17, 2015 – Heber

This is a trail race at Wasatch Mountain State Park.  There is a distance for everyone 5k / 10k / Half Marathon.
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Saturday November 7, 2015 – St George

This Half Marathon is a beautiful route through the scenic landscape of Snow Canyon State Park.  5K runners will start at Snow Canyon High School and run on the surrounding trails that finish on the High School track. Move It!
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Saturday November 21, 2015 – Smithfield

10K – 6.2 miles 5K – 3.1 miles 1 mile
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Saturday November 21, 2015 – Salt Lake
Saturday November 28, 2015 – Ogden
Saturday December 5, 2015 – Provo

This timed fun run is the best way to start the Holiday Season. ALL RUNNERS MUST DRESS UP AS SANTA CLAUS!!! . Along your 5K course you will have Santa's Helpers(Volunteers) dressed with green shirts and hats handing out Milk & Cookies to aid the runners.
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Thursday December 31, 2015 – Salt Lake City

 

Upcoming runs
Runs to look forward to next year or in the distant future. Dates undetermined. Check back later for them to be added to the list.

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