Sarah Strong 5K and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run

Sat June 13, 2020 Elkhart, IN 46516 US Directions
2020 Sarah Strong Race has gone VIRTUAL!

Due to COVID-19's presence and impact in terms of our community's events, we have made the decision to make the 7th Annual SarahStrong Run a virtual event. This is the best and safest decision for all members. 

This allows you to run or walk however you like! Run solo or walk with a group around your neighborhood, favorite route and more! Participants will then be able to submit their times. Participants will still receive their shirt, other race goodies and an automatic discount on 2021 race registration as a token of our appreciation during this time. 

This event will be held on Saturday, June 13th to honor what would have been Sarah's 22nd birthday on June 17th. Participants will have a few days to submit their times should they be unable to participate on the 13th. 


We appreciate your understanding and support and look forward to being together in March 2021! 


Here Are Your Options:

Virtual races happen all the time, and allow you to join the fun without the crowds. You simply run the distance on your own, and report your results - we’ll send you instructions and you'll receive all your race day goodies.

Thanks for your patience and understanding! We're looking forward to still "seeing" you on June 13th! 

You understand that events are expensive, even when cancelled, and you want us to keep your registration fees to help cover our costs as a small, non-profit organization. We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

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The 7th Annual Sarah Strong Run 5K Run/Walk, and 1 Mile Kids' Fun Run will be held in downtown Elkhart on March 21, 2020.  All proceeds from the Sarah Strong Run benefit Passionately Purple: The Sarah Crane Foundation, which assists families in the local community whose loved ones are battling cancer. 

Packet pickup will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020 from 5PM-8PM at a location TBD as well as at the race location on Saturday, March 21st from 7:30AM-8:30AM. The race will start and finish at Bicentennial Park (100 N. Elkhart Ave)  in Downtown Elkhart.


Sarah Crane was a sophomore at Elkhart Memorial High School (in Elkhart, Indiana) and was full of Charger Pride. A letter winner in Track and actively involved in Cross Country, Drill Team and Dance, Sarah always maintained a positive attitude in life, sports and her academics. On July 10th 2013, that positive attitude became critically important as she was diagnosed with Stage-4 Colon Cancer; an extremely rare form of cancer for someone her age with the colon, liver, lungs and bowels affected and requiring cancer treatments consisting of surgeries and on-going chemotherapy. While most would have given-up or huddled in fear, Sarah stood strong and vowed to win this battle. Sarah refused to back-down or surrender. The slogan SARAHSTRONG is where this was born. It was her mantra and focus during this difficult process. The purple represents not only the fight against all cancers but is Sarah’s favorite color.

Unfortunately for us, Sarah's battle ended on December 7, 2013. 

With Sarah's passing and still an entire community still rallying, the Crane family knew they had to do something and that is when the foundation was born. The foundation hosts several fundraising events to help aid in scholarships, and provide supplies, counseling and other items for local families who are also battling cancer.

100 N. Elkhart Ave
Elkhart, IN US 46516

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