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RACE DAY EVENTS
At a Glance Reminders for Race Day:
Teams: Come dressed FUN and CREATIVE! We will be presenting the Most Creative Team award during closing ceremony along with Farthest Traveler and Oldest Finisher!
Parking Information: Parking will be available in the Morgan's Wonderland parking lot directly across from the park and there will be additional parking at the Heroes Stadium parking lot. We advise to arrive early for convenient parking and to avoid long lines for registration/sign in.
We encourage you to take advantage of early packet pick up if you have already registered online to avoid race day lines. We will be holding early packet pick up on Saturday, September 12th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Academy Sports+Outdoors in the Northwoods Shopping Center, 2024 TX-1604 Loop, San Antonio, TX 78232. Look for our CleftStrong sign immediately when you enter the store to the left. At early packet pick up, you will take care of sign in plus receive your CleftStrong race day t-shirt and sport pack with bib number. The only thing you will need to retrieve when you arrive before the race is your timing tag.
If you would like to take advantage of the discounted rate at Morgan's Wonderland Park after the race, all you will need to do is mention that you participated in the CleftStrong 5k. They will open their gates to children affected by a cleft condition for free and all other participants at $9/person.
Please click below to find more information and print your program of events for race day!
If you will be registering at the race on Sunday here is a way to save time!
1. Print this registration form out for each participant registering with you.
2. Complete the form(s).
3. Race Day Registration begins at 7 am sharp. Hand your completed forms to the race day registration table when you arrive.
4. Save lots of time!
Remember we need a form completed for each participant, so if you have more than one to register this will save you a great deal of time in the line and allow you more time for the fun stuff!
Emma's Amazing Story
My name is Emma Brockway. I am currently a sophomore at Texas State University, but my story begins about eighteen years prior to that. I was born in China with a cleft lip and cleft palate. I was adopted at age one and brought to Dallas, TX. A few years later, my parents and I moved to Houston, TX. I lived in Houston for the majority of my life, until college.
Throughout my life, I endured about nine surgeries. When I was a baby, I had my first surgery: the cleft palate repair. I don’t remember it since it was so long ago, but from pictures, it seems like I handled it fairly well for a baby. The surgery with the most complexities and hardest recovery was my jaw surgery. I had jaw surgery in 11th grade and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. Between only being able to eat clear liquids for five days, to having my mouth rubber banded shut, to the limitations on any physical activity, it was a rough recovery process. Looking back, I could not be happier about the surgery. The results were phenomenal. I had braces for seven years and a retainer for a total of about two years. For nine years of my life, I had some form of metal in my mouth. I began the orthodontia process around age nine, and was not rid of my metal retainer until halfway through my freshman year of college.
Through high school, I stayed extremely involved in extracurricular activities. I joined my school orchestra in sixth grade and stayed in it until my high school graduation. I golfed on my school’s golf team for five years (8th-12th grades). I joined various clubs at my high school and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I began attending Texas State University in the fall of 2014. I am an English major with the goal of attending law school after I graduate from Texas State. Upon arriving at Texas State, I immediately got involved with different organizations; many of which I am still a member today. I genuinely love my school and could not be happier at another university.
I “graduated” from Shriners Hospital (officially) a few months ago. I have stayed connected within the Cleft Palate community by running an Instagram account: @cleftcommunity. A few years ago, a girl who is a few years younger than me asked me to help her manage her Instagram account called “@cleftlipandpalate.” We both ran the account for some time, but she eventually got too busy with her studies. I took over the account, then created a new one: @cleftcommunity. @Cleftcommunity is an Instagram account aimed at uniting the people with cleft lips and cleft palates. The followers come from various areas. I have personally had the pleasure of talking with a few of them via third party messaging aps, email, and text. The Instagram account allows people to talk about their personal experiences with certain surgeries and the struggles of having a cleft palate and/or cleft lip. I absolutely love managing this account because it shows me a multitude of perspectives that I personally have not experiences. It also provides a tool for others to meet people who have similar situations and who have gone through similar experiences; both good and bad. Another way I am involved with the various people who have cleft lips and cleft palates is that I am the Houston Shriners Patient Ambassador. I will be attending the Shriners Open this fall, in Las Vegas, to represent my hospital. I love the staff at Shriners and everything they have done for me. I am always open to hearing about different people’s stories and if interested, I am more than willing to share my own.
As hard as you fight, we will strive to fight alongside you.