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Joggin For A Noggin

Event Information

Sunday October 30, 2016 / 11:00 A.M. / Calgary AB

This race has a maxium registration cap of 470 entrants.

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Joggin For A Noggin

Event Name Event Type Regular
1.4km Walk & 5km Run 1.4km/5km $ 25 Register Now!
Team Registration * 1.4km/5km $ 75 + $ 25 for additional member Register Now!

  • * Team consists of min 3 and max 10 members. After 3 mebers, each member will be charged additional member fee $25.
    When registering a team you must click through all ten spots even if you are only registering three people.
  • * Regular Fee - End Date: 2016-10-28 11:59 P.M.


Race Location

  • Bow River Pathway starting at Bowness Park and looping into Baker Park. The 1.4km and 5km race start together then you can choose to do only the 1.4 km candy station loop or extended 5km route.

Race Kit Pickup

  • October 28 & 29 from 10am - 1pm
    At the Alberta Childrens Hospital in the main Gathering Space beside the cafeteria.
  • There will be limited availability for race kit pick up un Race day at Bowness Park by site 8 Everyone will get a goodie bag that will work to collect candy at the race!

Race Details

Joggin' for a Noggin' is a 5K run/1.4K walk to raise money to send a child that has had brain or spinal surgery to camp.

Joggin for a Noggin is the second annual fun run to raise money for sending children to summer camp who have had brain or spinal surgery. This run enables children with various neurosurgical conditions to attend Camp Everest South at Camp Horizon. It is an exceptional week where the children are able to make new friends, experience many adventures and feel like they belong. For many neurosurgical kids this is the only opportunity they have to attend a summer camp. As a nurse working at the Alberta Children's Hospital I am constantly inspired by the children around me, they deal with their illness with grace and resilience and I know their struggles continue long after they leave the doors of our hospital. Many of these children have never had the opportunity to attend a summer camp due to their complex medical needs. Financial burdens that come with a medical diagnosis can be significant. We are hoping to be able to continue on with this summer opportunity with a goal of sending 40 children every year.

Joggin for a Noggin is a fun run - Kids and Adults can come in their Halloween Costume!!! The 1.4km walk will have candy stations so bring your loot bag for some fun treats!

This will be a public photographed event.

Special thanks to Global Calgary for their exceptional support!

Family Activities

  • Candy stations positioned around the course!
  • Happy Halloween!
  • Kid friendly activities - weather dependant
  • Fire Pit and smores
  • Complimentary refreshments and hot dogs
  • Prizes for the best costumes!
  • A silent auction on site for amazing items.

Race Times

  • 1.4km/5km : Sunday October 30, 2016 @ 11:00 A.M.

Siennas Story

Sienna was 7 months old the first time I had to hand her over to the doctor for them to do surgery on her brain. She was so small and I was terrified. Sienna had been diagnosed with having an abnormally large cyst on the lining of her brain. That first surgery was supposed to have a 95% success rate so even though we were scared, we were still confident that she'd have this surgery and we'd never have to worry about it again. Well, we were wrong. Sienna fell into the 5%. I would learn as the next two years progressed that she seemed to like that 5% spot!

Three weeks after that first surgery, I just knew something wasn't right so they took a MRI and found that not only had the cyst not drained, it had grown. Just a few short hours later and surgery number two and Sienna had a shunt implanted in her brain to control this cyst. We had NO IDEA what a shunt even was and now it was in my baby's head?? But, initially it worked. She was doing great…

And then she wasn't. Over the next 15 months, Sienna fell into this cycle of her shunt failing and also developing these infections that were just as scary as the cyst. Remember that 5% I told you Sienna liked?? Well, not only were we now dealing with the cyst, and her infections, but then she developed hydrocephalus in the normal spaces of her brain. Great, more fluid we had to try to control!! Then, the biggest challenge of all… Sienna's 4th ventricle, this tiny little slit of a ventricle at the back of her brain, ballooned out of control. It took them weeks to figure out what to do for her. She laid in her hospital crib for 10 weeks straight without us being able to pick her up and hold her in our arms. There were days that all of us, both her family and her hospital family (as they now were to us) wondered if she'd ever make it home. They were tough days! But, once again, her neurosurgical team worked long and hard to figure it out and they did. They had to design a shunt specifically for Sienna. I was finally able to hold my baby girl again!

To look at Sienna today, you'd have no idea that her young life started off so precarious. In the end, over that 15 month span, she had a total of 29 surgeries and has now had a total of 33 surgeries to date. We still never know from day to day when her shunt could fail but we now have learned to live our lives and not focus so much on it. That's why Camp Everest is such an amazing place for Sienna and kids like her. They are able to go and just be a typical kid in a very safe environment. They get to be around their peers and tell their stories and know that no one is judging them. Camp has become one of Sienna's favorite places!

Contact Information

For more information please contact Kelly Bullivant

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