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Donut Dash 2017

Utah Heritage Donut Dash 2017 Postcard 5x7 v2 logo onlyDo you like to run? Do you love donuts? (Duh, who doesn’t?) Want to support making your community a better place? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are ready to enter the Donut Dash 5K. We’re challenging you to a unique biathlon that raises your heart rate and your blood sugar for a good cause. And costumes of all types are encouraged! Through your participation, you support the work of Preservation Utah (formerly Utah Heritage Foundation) to keep the past alive, not only for preservation, but to inspire and provoke a more creative present and sustainable future. We’re often the first call people make when a building is threatened by demolition or you’re seeking help with a rehabilitation project. Proceeds from the Donut Dash go to support the work of Preservation Utah, a statewide non-profit organization working to preserve, protect, and promote Utah's historic built environment through public awareness, advocacy, and active preservation. So by having fun, you also help make communities across the state better places by encouraging historic preservation.

Combined with Memory Grove Discovery Day’s FREE activities for kids, it’s an event that the whole family can enjoy. So it’s time to channel your inner Homer Simpson and tell him that signing up for the Donut Dash is the perfect way to get the donuts you crave while working them off at the same time running in one of the city’s most picturesque areas, City Creek Canyon.

Event Description
FAQ Donut Dash
FAQ Memory Grove Discovery Day
Volunteer for the Donut Dash and Memory Grove Discovery Day
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Event Description

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Donut Dash starting time: 9:00 a.m.
Memory Grove Discovery Day: 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Where: Donut Dash starts on the west end of Bonneville Drive, at the intersection of East Capitol Boulevard and 500 North, and finishes in Memory Grove Park.

Memory Grove Discovery Day takes place at Memorial House in Memory Grove Park (click here for for directions).


Cost: Donut Dash - Adults 15 and over: $30 early registration through Friday, October 21, and $35 from Saturday October 22 through Wednesday, November 2.

Children 5 to 15 are $15 through Friday, October 27, and $20 from Saturday October 28 through Wednesday, November 8.
No online registration will be accepted after November 8.

With your online Donut Dash registration, you receive entry into the race, a t-shirt (pictured at right is our 2014 shirt), donuts and water during the race. T-shirt sizes will be guaranteed for registrations received on or before October 13.

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Click here to register for the race!

Memory Grove Discovery Day is free for the general public.


Why: The Donut Dash and Memory Grove Discovery Day is a fun way for the whole family to be active and discover the history and architecture of Memory Grove. Memory Grove Park and Memorial House are home to the Preservation Utah's offices. We are proud to steward Memorial House in partnership with Salt Lake City. Memory Grove Park was built to remember those who fought in World War I, and additional monuments have been erected in honor of those who have fought in subsequent wars. It is the perfect time to highlight the monuments and importance of Memory Grove Park which is truly a Salt Lake City gem.

Proceeds from the Donut Dash go to support the mission of Utah Heritage Foundation, a statewide non-profit organization working to preserve, protect, and promote Utah's historic built environment through public awareness, advocacy, and active preservation. So by having fun, you also help make communities across the state better places by encouraging historic preservation. Learn more about donating or becoming a member of Preservation Utah.

Awards: Donut Dash awards will be given in the following categories: Fastest overall (adult male, adult female, 14 and under); Donut adjusted fastest time (adult male, adult female, 14 and under); Most dounts eaten (adult male, adult female, 14 and under); Best costume.

Because this is a community event, if one person wins in more than one category, the aditional prize will be given to the runner up.

How: Registration is available on RaceEntry.com.
No registration needed for Discovery Day.

Parking: It is highly advisable to park for both the Donut Dash and Memory Grove Discovery Day on East Capitol Boulevard, which runs along the west rim of Memory Grove Park and along the east side of the capitol grounds. Parking on the street is free without time limits on Saturdays. There are steps on the east side of the street that lead down into Memory Grove Park. Please avoid driving and attempting to park on Canyon Road.

Accessibility:  Memory Grove Park and Memorial House are ADA accessible, however the path through the park and the steps up to the capitol are not accessible. The gate into Memory Grove Park will not be open to Donut Dash or Memory Grove Discovery Day traffic. If you need ADA access to the park, please park on Canyon Road. There will also be reserved ADA parking spaces at the start of the race, near the check-in tables. The race route does not contain steps, however the paved road is fairly steep and gravelly in some places. To ensure the safety of the racers, no cars will be allowed within the gates of Memory Grove Park while the race is in progress. For adational information about ADA accommodations contact Liz Joerger at (801) 533-0858 ext. 107.

Frequently Asked Questions about Donut Dash

What is the length of the Donut Dash?
The run will be three (3) miles.

What is the course for the Donut Dash?
The race starts at the intersection of Bonneville Drive with East Capitol Boulevard at 500 North. The run will proceed around Bonneville Drive from west to east to the top of 11th Avenue at the corner of B Street. This will be the course turnaround where you will proceed back down Bonneville Drive. At the far north curve of Bonneville Drive, runners will turn down Canyon Road and follow it into Memory Grove Park. Course officials will be present to help participants, however it is the runner's responsibility to know the course.

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Course details:
Distance: Three (3) miles
Elevation gain: 325 feet
Elevation loss: 449 feet
Min. elevation: 4,430 feet
Max. elevation: 4,757 feet

What are the conditions of the course?
The course is run along the rim of City Creek Canyon completely on asphalt of varying conditions. The lower part of the course is run adjacent to City Creek. During the race, the road will be closed to traffic.

What is the deal with the donuts?
Now this is where the run gets interesting! Donut holes will be offered at the turnaround at the intersection of Bonneville Drive, 11th Avenue, and B Street. Please note that you will need to come all the way to the top of 11th Avenue and turn around before you stop to eat donut holes. Runners will receive time deductions for the number of donut holes you eat. Your deduction is made to your final time and is called your “donut adjusted time.”

You will only have one opportunity to eat donut holes. All donut holes must be eaten at the aid station. No running with donut holes! To get your time deduction, a volunteer will write the number of holes you ate on your bib number. When you cross the finish line, this number will be recorded along with your run time.

Do I have to eat donut holes?
Eating donut holes is optional. If you don't like eating delicious donuts or are allergic to its contents, this run may not be for you. But if you love running and donuts, you will love the Donut Dash! Awards will be given for top male and female and child (15 and under) in overall time, donut adjusted time, and donut consumers (regardless of time).

What is a donut adjusted time?

We heard your requests! This year we will be increasing the amount of time you get for each donut hole you eat!

For each donut hole you eat, you will receive a 60 second time deduction from your final time. Therefore, your donut adjusted time is (final time) minus (donut adjustment) equals (donut adjusted time).


What if I eat too many?
We recommend only biting off what you can chew. However, if you’re overzealousness in the moment gets the better of you, please be considerate to dispose of your half-digested donuts off the road. Also, it’s important to note that losing your donut holes nets you zero time deduction.

How do I train for this?
We’ve heard of rogue groups in Salt Lake City training for road races by incorporating all kinds of eating and drinking on the run into their training plans. We encourage you to map out local donut shops in your area and run between them, sampling their sweet goodness at each stop. It brings a whole new meaning to interval training!

Are there awards?
Donut Dash awards will be given to the top adult male, adult female, and child (14 and under) in the following three categories:

  • Fastest finish time;
  • Fastest donut adjusted finish time;
  • Most donuts eaten.

One additional award will be given to the best costume worn in the race (decided upon by Preservation Utah staff).

* Because this is a community event, if one person wins in more than one category, the aditional prize will be given to the runner up.

What do I get with registration?
With Donut Dash registration, you receive entry into the race, t-shirt (register by October 13 to ensure your shirt size), donuts and water during the race, and awards to the top finishers.

How do I register?
Registration is available through raceentry.com or by clicking on the "Register!" link above. You can contact our office at (801) 533-0858 extension 107 if you need assistance.  The Donut Dash is a benefit for Preservation Utah, the only statewide organization in Utah dedicated to preserving, promoting, and protecting the historic built environment. To make an additional contribution or turn your run into a friendly challenge between your blazing fast, donut eating friends, register a fundraising page in addition to your registration.

Registration Cut-off
Early registration ($30 adult, $15 child) will end Friday, October 27. Late registration ($35 adult, $20 child) will close on Wednesday, November 8 and there will be no further online registrations accepted. All registrations should be made on active.com.

Packet Pick-up
Packet Pick-up will be available ONLY on Saturday morning before the race between 8:00 – 8:45 a.m near the starting line at the intersection of East Capitol Boulevard, Bonneville Drive, and 500 North on the City Creek Canyon side of the road.

Course Map

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Can I volunteer?
Absolutely! If you're idea of having fun is watching people run and/or chow down on some tasty donut holes while gulping water, we have the perfect morning gig for you. Jobs range from assisting on the course to finish line to the donut eating station at the turnaround. Just contact Preservation Utah Volunteer Director Laura Madsen at (801) 533-0858 ext. 104 to be included in our volunteer corps. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt.

 

FAQ Memory Grove Discovery Day

What is Discovery Day?
Started in 1999 by Utah Heritage Foundation (now Preservation Utah) and First Lady Jaclyn Leavitt, Discovery Day brought thousands of people to the Utah State Capitol before and after its restoration. Through Memory Grove Discovery Day, we continue the tradition of bringing historic building restoration techniques to the public through fun and free activities.

Memory Grove Discovery Day is a fun way for the whole family to be active and discover the history and architecture of Memory Grove in conjunction with Veteran's Day. Memory Grove Park and Memorial House are home to Preservation Utah's offices. We are proud to steward Memorial House in partnership with Salt Lake City. Memory Grove Park was built to remember those who fought in World War I, and additional monuments have been erected in honor of those who have fought in subsequent wars. Veterans' Day is the perfect time to highlight the monuments and importance of Memory Grove Park which is truly a Salt Lake City gem. 

Preservation Utah, a statewide non-profit organization working to keep the past alive, not only for preservation, but to inspire and provoke a more creative present and sustainable future.

What types of activities will be offered?
We are currently planning to have the following activities as part of Memory Grove Discovery Day:

  • Memory Grove scavenger hunt (prizes awarded!)
  • Stained glass
  • Coloring book of Memory Grove landmarks

These activities are suitable for children generally between the ages of 4 and 12.

Where does this take place?
At Memorial House in Memory Grove Park, 375 N. Canyon Rd. (120 East), in Salt Lake City. The park will serve as the location of the finish line for the Donut Dash, so please park on East Capitol Boulevard, which runs along the west rim of Memory Grove Park and along the east side of the capitol grounds. Parking on the street is free without time limits on Saturdays. There are steps on the east side of the street that lead down into Memory Grove Park. Please avoid driving and attempting to park on Canyon Road. Memory Grove Park and Memorial House are ADA accessible, however the path and steps are not accessible.

Can I drop my child off?
All children under the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by an adult when participating in the activities.

Registration
No registration needed for Discovery Day. However, click to learn more about donating or becoming a member of Preservation Utah.

Can I volunteer?
Absolutely! If you’re idea of having fun is guiding kids of all ages through cool restoration projects, then we have the perfect morning gig for you. Just contact Preservation Utah Volunteer Director Laura Madsen at (801) 533-0858 ext. 104 to be included in our volunteer corps.

Thanks to our 2017 sponsors!

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And thank you to our participating supporters: Orangetheory Fitness SLC.