Run for Heroes 2016
One by one, against the gray, early morning SLC cityscape, 680 bright orange capes lined up outside of the Vivint Smart Home Arena. Their mission? To support children with intellectual disabilities. When the buzzer rang, the capes took flight as runners of all ages and abilities dashed down the street, participating in the Run for Heroes 5k hosted by Vivint Gives Back.
Run for Heroes took place on the morning of October 15, and the race raised money for Vivint Gives Back’s various charity projects. The run was designed to be all-inclusive, and included a sensory tent area as a quiet place for children with intellectual disabilities.
The heroes honored at the race included Max and Jackson Pratt, Riley Nelson, and Rocky and Bronco Linnell. Members of the Spectrum Academy cross country team ran in the race, along with Vivint Smart Home employees, family, and friends. There was a balloon artist, DJ, and face painters to help keep the energy high as people prepared for and ran the race. Alison Watson, a Vivint Smart Home employee, enjoyed the activities: “I loved that there was a face painting station so that you could really step up your super hero game before the run.” Upon checkin, each runner was given a bright orange cape to wear while running, representing how people of all abilities can be heroes.
Stephani Briggs, a Vivint Smart Home employee, said about family members joining her in the race, “I was touched by the joy on the face of my nephew as he ran with his mom. He really felt like a super hero in his face paint and cape. He kept jumping up and down shouting about how it was the best day ever.”
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