Seize the Day: Amer’s Epilepsy Trail Race
5K, 10K & One-Mile Walk/Fun Run

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who supported this event through participation, sponsorship, donations or volunteering. In only the second year, we had more than 200 runners/walkers!

If you would like to make a gift to support this event, click here to access the general donation page. Under the “Additional Information” section of the form, select “Seize the Day: Amer’s Epilepsy Trail Run”.

Please contact Jill Johnson with any question at or (310) 995-6810.


Visit the results page in Run Sign Up.

Sunday, July 16, 2023 at 9 AM
Mendon Ponds 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. Or, new this year, a one-mile course for a more leisurely paced walk and/or a fun run for little ones! (Note: The one-mile course will be untimed.)

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

The 5K and 10K races will start and end at the North Meadow Trailhead, located on Canfield Road, between Douglas Road and Pittsford-Mendon Center Road. The One-Mile Fun Run/Walk will follow the Pine Woods trail across the street.

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.


Free event t-shirt in adult and youth size options for all participants!

Post race snacks.

Water provided by Amiel’s!

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.

Race Day Information

Get ready for race day! Click here for a one-sheet with all the race day information including check-in, directions, parking, etc.


5K/10K: $35
One-Mile: $10


You may still sponsor this event by making a donation on the general donation page. Click the button below.


You may still make a donation to the event through the general donation page. Click the button below.


Thank you to all of our outstanding volunteers! We simply could not have done it without you. Please email Jill Johnson if you’d like to volunteer at future EPI fundraising events at

Age Groups

  • Ages 16 and Under
  • Ages 17 – 25
  • Ages 26+

Race Day Information

Date: Sunday, July 16, 2023

Location: Mendon Ponds Park – Mendon, NY

Parking: Beach Area off Douglas Road.

Race Routes: Click here for map.

Check-In: Click here for map.

Volunteers: Click here.


  • 8:00 am: Check-In & On-Site Registration
  • 9:00 am: 5K and 10K Races Start
  • 9:30 am: One-Mile Walk/Fun Run Start
  • 11:15 am: 5K/10K Awards

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors!


Photo & Video

2022 Photos

News Coverage

July 5, 2023 – Audacy Radio Network Interview here

May 25, 2-23 – Amer’s Interview on Fox News here

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.