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Noah's Quest returns for 11th year

Each year, the Noah’s Quest event adds a single dove to its dove release.

On Saturday, June 25, there will be 11 birds, marking 11 years since Noah’s Quest began. The event is a way for those who have lost a child or the hope of a child to come together and remember.

There is a 5K walk and run, a 10K run, and a 1K kiddie run. The event is held at Sandy Bluff Park, 36910 Goldenrain St., and registration begins at 8 a.m.

Organized and founded by Sandy city events coordinator Carol Cohen, proceeds from Noah’s Quest benefit the Portland Brief Encounters support group and Memorial Walkway at Sandy Bluff Park.

Pat Schwiebert, co-founder of Brief Encounters, will be at the event.

Cohen lost her own son, Noah, in 2005. Through the years, she has watched the Noah’s Quest event grow and seen how it has given parents a way to share their grief. Many of those parents found it difficult to speak of their losses before, Cohen said.

“It’s a safe place to be,” Cohen said. “We’re all here for the same reason. It’s a loss, and we’re all here to support each other.”

The Memorial Walkway is paved with names of some of those children. At the event, attendees will be able to fill out forms to buy a new engraved brick, and those bricks will be installed by the end of the summer, Cohen said.

In addition to the walks and runs, there will be face painting and balloons for youngsters. The kiddie run is $5 to join. There is a $25 advance registration fee for the adult walks and runs, and a $30 registration fee the day of the event.

The 10K run starts at 9:15 a.m., the 5K walk at 9:20 a.m., and the 5K run begins at 9:40 a.m. For more information and to register, visit cityofsandy.com.