Endorsed by Curators:
Cluster Headaches are not "headaches." This neurological condition is a form of Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgia which causes severe one-sided attacks of sharp, ice-pick type pain anywhere from 1 up to 12 times a day, lasting 15 minutes to 3 hours each. Nicknamed "Suicide Headaches," this disease is known to be one of the most painful conditions known to man. The most effective treatment is high-flow oxygen through a non-rebreather mask, but the National Institute of Health has yet to classify oxygen therapy for cluster headaches, leaving many sufferers paying hundreds each month or going without.
This 5k run/walk is to raise awareness for this horrific condition, and 100% of the profits will go towards cluster headache research. The race will begin just off of Shelter A on High Line Canal Trail at Julia Dekoevend Park in Centennial, Colorado at 8:15 AM on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Registration begins at 7:30, and early registration pickup will be on Friday, June 16, 2017, from 4 pm to 7 pm at 24 Hour Fitness (6839 S. Vine St. Centennial, CO 80122).
Clusterbusters: The proceeds of this race are going toward research funded through Clusterbusters (founde d by Bob Wold) who we are affiliated with. We urge you to check out the website and learn more about this incredible company who has helped thousands of cluster headache patients around the world.
Current research is being conducted at Yale University for both episodic and chronic patients by Emmanuelle Schindler, MD, PhD. Another study which involves the psychological effects of cluster headaches on the lives of patients is on the cusp of completion at the University of West Georgia by Dr. Larry Schor.
When and Where: In case you haven’t marked your calendars yet, the Race Against Pain: Cluster Headache Awareness 5k Run/Walk is on Saturday, June 17 at Julia Dekoevend Park (6301 S University Blvd, Centennial, CO 80121) and the fun run/walk begins at 8:15 am at Shelter A.
Parking: There is a large parking lot right off the entrance. It should be the first thing you see when you turn into Julia Dekoevend Park. This is the best place for you to park because our registration desk and the start line is at Shelter A, which is the first shelter you see when you pull into the park. Hopefully, you will have no issues finding us, but if you do please call or text: 303-842-4858. (See photo gallery to see where to park.)
Early Packet Pick-up: You can pick up your race packet from 7:30-8:00 am on the day of the run/walk (Saturday, June 17), or you can stop by 24-Hour Fitness (6839 S. Vine St. Centennial, CO 80122) from 4 pm to 7 pm the night before the race (Friday, June 16). You can also snag some 24-Hour products for a discounted price while you’re there.
Race Day Timeline: Registration and check-in begin at 7:30 am and end at 8 am. You can also purchase raffle tickets any time before 10:30 am. The run/walk starts at 8:15 am, and we hope all runners/walkers will complete the course by 10:15 am. Door and raffle prizes will be announced at 10:30 am with sponsor recognition and a closing speech to follow.
Course Details: The course is 3.1 miles and involves gravel, pavement and wooden bridges. If you have health concerns, please take your time. This is a fun run/walk, so don’t worry about coming in first or last. Although, the first to cross the finish line will get the first pick of door prizes.
Emergency Help: Volunteers will be placed along the route, and first aid kits are located at each aid station along with refreshments. Should you have a medical emergency, a volunteer will be readily available to help.
Aid Stations: We will have two aid stations: one located where gravel turns to pavement and another at the turnaround point to make sure all runners and walkers are accounted for.
Last Minute Sign Ups: If any of your friends, family members or coworkers would like to sign up, there’s still time! Online registration ends at midnight on June 14, but we will be taking last-minute signups at the registration desk on race day.
Hotel Accommodations: We have rooms set aside for the 5k at the Residence Inn by Marriott Highlands Ranch at 93 W. Centennial Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. Call 303-683-5500 and reference the "Denver Cluster Headache 5k" to reserve your room.
Raffle Prizes: One of our Raffle Prizes is from LeftHand Brewing Co.! The Beer for a Year Package includes: A Mountain Smith soft, 6pk/Growler, Left Hand logoed, cooler, 1 women's and 1 men's T-shirt, one Trucker hat, one flat bar opener, and a certificate to get one growler fill per month for a year, *Growler provided on first visit, other items in list subject to change. Retail Value = $300. We also have donations from New York Photographer Elliott Negron to raffle off, among others.
Fundraising: Your friends, family members and coworkers can now sponsor you using this link: https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/CO/Centennial/Denver ClusterHeadache5k
In the note section, they can write on behalf of (insert your name).
Our Sponsors: We’re excited to have Rare Patient Voice, Summit Headache & Neurologic Institute and Colorado Neurological Institute with us at the event. They will have booths with information about their institutions. Neurologists and company representatives will be there to answer your questions and share their expertise on cluster headaches and other debilitating conditions.
Oxygen Tanks and Masks for Cluster Headache Patients: Oxygen tanks will be available for participants with cluster headaches, but you must bring your own mask.
Miscellaneous: Strollers are okay, but dogs are not allowed on the course for safety reasons. There is also a playground a few hundred feet from the shelter.
June is Headache and Migraine Awareness Month, so feel free to wear purple and show your support for all who suffer from head pain.
Also, check out the trailer for the upcoming Cluster Headache Documentary Clusterheads: https://www.clusterdocumentary.com