Sandy Hook's Avielle Foundation Teams with Columbine High School, Aurora Tragedies Survivors' Support Groups to Host First Annual Brainstorming 5K Run, Walk and Rally Set for Aug. 25 in Littleton, Colo., to Raise Community Awareness and Funds for Brain Health Research Into Underpinnings of Violence

NEWTOWN, Conn. and DENVER, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Avielle Foundation today announced it is teaming with Phoenix 999 and The Rebels Project, support groups formed after the Columbine High School and Aurora movie theater tragedies, to host the first annual Brainstorming 5K.

The event, which consists of a run, walk and rally set for Sunday, Aug. 25, at Clement Park in Littleton, Colo., will raise community awareness of the need for brain health research into the underpinnings of violent behavior, with prevention as the goal, while also raising much-needed funds that the Avielle Foundation will distribute to researchers through its grants program. The rally activities will include a silent auction and live concert. Brainstorming 5K participants are encouraged to pre-register online at or can sign up on-site.

"The Avielle Foundation has reached out to our friends in Colorado, Phoenix 999 and The Rebels Project to raise awareness and support for brain health research to prevent violence," said Jeremy Richman, Ph.D., a former Boulder, Colo., resident and co-founder and CEO of the foundation. "As three groups directly affected by acts of mass violence, we have come together in support and with respect for one another and invite the public to join us Aug. 25 at the Brainstorming 5K."

Brainstorming 5K Facts at a Glance


Avielle Foundation, Phoenix 999 and The Rebels Project 


First Annual Brainstorming 5K Run, Walk and Rally


Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, Colo.


Sunday, Aug. 25

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.   

On-site registration and check-in at shelters 4, 5 and 6

9 a.m.-noon

Silent auction

10 a.m.

Start of 5K run and walk

10:15 a.m. 

Start of rally activities – yoga, live music, food and drink, face painting

1 p.m.                   

Event wrap-up


About the Avielle Foundation

The Avielle Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established by Jeremy Richman, Ph.D., and Jennifer Hensel following the Dec. 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in which they lost their six-year-old daughter, Avielle. The foundation's goal is to reduce violence and protect vulnerable populations through brain health research and community initiatives. For more information, visit or send an email to Follow the Avielle Foundation on Twitter at and Facebook at

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