Seize the Day: Amer’s Epilepsy Trail Race 5K & 10K

Sunday, July 16, 2023 at 9 AM
Mendon Pond Park, Mendon NY

Take your running or walking game off road for a challenging 5K/10K course through beautiful Mendon Ponds Park in Mendon, NY.

Check out the photo gallery from the 2022 inaugural event that hosted more than 150 runners and raised more then $70,000.

Money raised from Seize the Day will help fund EPI and its epilepsy programs and services that support thousands of children and adults in Upstate New York with epilepsy and seizure disorders.

Amer’s Story

In 2019, Amer Armbruster was diagnosed with epilepsy.  An avid runner and cross-country skier, he was initially unable to compete due to the uncertainty of his seizures.  With the help of friends, family, and physicians, Amer discovered ways to work with his diagnosis and get back to the activities he loves.  After finding his way, Amer recognizes that his case is mild, and that other people can suffer much more severe side effects causing significant life interruptions. Through the Seize the Day Race, Amer hopes to raise awareness about epilepsy, highlight the resources available to individuals and families and provide support to young people who may find themselves in the same place.


All Participants: $35

Registration will open in January 2023

Race Day Information

Event Information

Seize the Day: Amer’s Epilepsy Trail Race 5K/10K

Sunday, July 16, 2023

8:00 am: Check-In & On-Site Registration

9:00 am: 5K and 10K Races Start

Mendon Ponds Park – Mendon, NY

Start/Finish: Beach Area


Help us raise funds for critical services for children and adults with epilepsy in Upstate New York. Please consider supporting the event with a sponsorship.


Registration will open in the Spring.
Email Jill Johnson at if you would like to be notified.

Get Involved!


It take a star studded volunteer group to pull off a successful race! Volunteer duties include course flagging/clean-up, onsite registration, food & beverage stations, t-shirt distribution, clean-up, and as-needed tasks. Specific duties will be assigned closer to race day (July 16, 2023).


Promote the Race

In 2022, we had more than 150 runners. Help us crush that total by promoting the event with the tools below!

8.5″ x 11″ Event Flyer (PDF)
5″ x 7″ Event Invitation (PDF)
Event Logo
Sample copy for letters and emails
Social Media Assets


Photo & Video

2022 Photos

News Coverage

August 15, 2022 – Spectrum News race day coverage here.

August 14, 2022 – Read 13WHAM’s race coverage here.

August 5, 2022 – Click here for a Bright Spot on Amer!

August 4, 2022 – Watch Amer’s interview on Good Day Rochester!

July 27, 2022 – Read more about Amer’s story here.