We've Got Spirit, How 'Bout You?

School Spirit Color Run 5K
Saturday, September 27
at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
641 Struthers Ave, Grand Junction, CO.
Registration is a 9 am, run starts at 10 am.

Get your run on before you head over for your fry bread at the Fruita Fall Festival!


This is a step away from what I normally do at the shop to tell you about an incredible opportunity to support teens in the Grand Valley next Saturday, September 27. My husband, Chad, and his partner, Leigh, head up a dynamic non-profit called Neural Activity. This program is


"...a unique non-profit organization. 
It marries adventure activities with a drug prevention message. 
Students learn about natural highs and how drugs corrupt the body's natural reward pathways. 
Once trained, NA Teens present the message to younger students." 
-quote is a description from their Facebook page.


Neural Activity takes teens out on all kinds of adventure activities, ones they might not normally get a chance to participate in otherwise. This summer at their annual training, they summited Mt. Crested Butte, in Crested Butte, Colorado, rappelled and did some white water rafting. Once the teens see how life itself offers plenty of exciting opportunities, Neural Activity teaches these teens how drugs can steal those opportunities from them and the biological effects drug use can have on their bodies. 

From there, the students who participated went back to their area high schools and started organizing their schools' clubs, recruiting other incoming and returning students at back to school nights across the valley:


Throughout the year, they will continue to receive research-based instruction that they will then be trained to present to younger students in area middle schools so that they can serve as mentors to the kids coming up behind them. And they will continue to do exciting adventure activities in their area. This weekend, for example, they are climbing Mt. Garfield. The activities are funded mostly by the clubs themselves. Here is where you come in:

Neural Activity's first fundraiser of this season is the School Spirit Color Run 5K. Instead of having dye packs thrown at you, the idea is to show your school spirit by wearing your area high school colors. Are you a fan, alum, parent of a future Bulldog? Let's see your maroon and white! Live in town? Get your orange and black on, and come walk/run! 

Here is the link for the 5K run/walk registration:

Cost is $19 in advance, $25 the day of.
You receive a bright green sling bag for participating


AND....because you are a DLD fan too, there is a way to earn another freebie! 
A coffee cozy in your school's colors!

Example of coffee cozy in Central's colors

Interested? Here's what you do:
1. When you register for the event, sign up under a business.....Daisy Lane Design. (if you forget this step during registration, just tell Chad at the event - he'll be there!)
2. Take a picture of yourself or your group in their school colors at the event.
3. Post your picture on the DLD Facebook page.
Every picture will be entered into a drawing. Everyone in the picture selected will win a DLD coffee cozy in their school's colors. 

Of course, this is only for those that are in the Grand Junction area next weekend, but I'm excited to say that NA is also starting up in New Jersey this year! Perhaps there will be a color run here next year too!

:) allison







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