Donor Dash 5K to Celebrate the Gift of Life Together, Though Apart
With the health and safety of the donation and transplantation community in mind, the 22nd Annual Donor Dash 5k will be held virtually on Sunday, July 18, with an interactive, in-person packet pick-up in Denver’s Washington Park on Saturday, July 17.
The Donor Dash 5K Run for Life attracts thousands of participants of all ages from across the nation to honor the lives of organ, eye and tissue donors; celebrate the lives of organ, eye and tissue recipients; and recognize those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant. With historic participation above the city of Denver’s recently updated outdoor event threshold of 5,000 individuals, public health officials advise encouraging smaller local and team gatherings to prioritize the safety and health of the donation and transplantation community.
“This was a difficult decision for our team, however the donation and transplantation community includes many with specialized healthcare needs and we have a responsibility to put the health and safety of our participants, staff, and volunteers first,” said Jennifer Prinz, president and CEO of Donor Alliance. “Its not in alignment with the spirit of our event or the altruistic gift of life to restrict participation so we’ll be celebrating virtually one more time.”
Registration for this year’s event opens on May 1 at a reduced cost of $20 for adults and $15 for youth and seniors. Participants can register for the Donor Dash by forming a team or registering as individuals. Online team registration for the event is open until Sunday, July 11 and for individuals until Thursday, July 15. All registrants will receive a commemorative race t-shirt and will be provided the option for postal mail delivery or packet pick-up. Activities will include interactive, in-person packet pick-up, virtual 5K run/walk and honorary program. Full schedule of events below.
More information on how to register or volunteer for the 2021 Donor Dash 5K can be found on the Donor Dash event page. For more information about organ, eye and tissue donation, please visit DonorAlliance.org. To register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, please visit DonateLifeColorado.org, or call 303-329-4747 for more information.
- Saturday, May 1: Online Registration Opens
- Monday, June 21: Mail Distribution Deadline (mail distribution will be available subsequently but packets are not guaranteed to arrive before the event day)
- Sunday, July 11: Team Registration Deadline
- Thursday, July 15: Individual Registration Deadline
- Saturday, July 17th, 9am-1:30pm: Interactive Packet Pick-up in Denver’s Washington Park
- Sunday, July 18th:
- 8 – 10:00am: Virtual 5k
- 10:30am: Honorary Program
About Donor Alliance
Donor Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. As the organ and tissue procurement agency for Colorado and most of Wyoming, Donor Alliance serves more than 5.8 million residents and more than 100 hospitals. Donor Alliance adheres to the highest medical, regulatory and ethical standards, and meets every performance standard. By respectfully working with the families of organ and tissue donors, maintaining partnerships with hospitals, educating residents on the life-saving benefits of donation and inspiring them to sign up on the state’s donor registry, Donor Alliance is able to save lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Colorado and Wyoming boast some of the highest rates of donor registration in the country, which directly translates to more lives saved and healed through organ and tissue transplantation. Donor Alliance is one of 58 federally designated organizations of its kind in the United States. For more information visit DonorAlliance.org or the Donate Life Colorado or Donate Life Wyoming Facebook pages.