Seize the Day: Amer’s Epilepsy Trail Run

10K, 5K Race & One-Mile Fun Run*

* Walkers welcome for all races

Save the date and join us

at Mendon Ponds Park

on Sunday, July 21, 2024.

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

General Event Information

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. See map for details.

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.

Routes: Map
Parking: Beach area off Douglas Road
Check-In: Canfield Road near Douglas Road

8:00 am: Check-in and on-site registration
9:00 am: 10K and 5K races start
9:30 am: One-Mile Fun Run Starts
11:15 am: 10K & 5K awards

Click here to sign up.

Volunteers help with various aspects of the race including Volunteers help with a variety of activities including set-up, check-in and onsite registration, water station management, course marshals, and clean up. Specific duties will be assigned as we get closer to the event.

Previous Races

2023: 5K Results | 10K Results Photos
2022: 5K Results | 10K Results | Photos

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.

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

Ages 16 and Under
Ages 17 – 25
Ages 26+

Join us as a sponsor of this event. Click here for more information or contact Jill Johnson at

Thank you to our

Presenting Sponsors


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.