Brain Bolt 5K

The seventh annual Brain Bolt 5K run/walk/wheel will once again benefit the Neurosurgery Foundation at Goodman Campbell and their work to research, treat and care for patients with traumatic brain and spine injuries. Registration will open June 1, 2022!

You can also support the Neurosurgery Foundation at Goodman Campbell by making a donation

Participation

There are multiple ways to participate this year:

  • In- person at the Carmel Gazebo at Civic Square in Carmel, IN
  • Virtually – you choose the path and record it in the RaceJoy app (all times must be submitted before closing ceremonies)
  • Donation of monetary or in-kind services/products

Our featured guests will share their inspirational stories of survival!

When & Where

Attend in person beginning at the Carmel Gazebo at Civic Square in Carmel, Indiana on Saturday, October 1.

  • 9:00 a.m.  Day of packet pick-up and vendor booths open
  • 9:45 a.m.  Opening ceremony
  • 10:00 a.m. Race begins

Attend virtually via the RaceJoy APP anywhere from Saturday, September 25 to Saturday, October 1.

Pickup

There are multiple ways to pick up your race packets!

 

  1. Ship your race packet directly to your home (*only available for virtual participants)
  2. Pick up your race packet at Goodman Campbell’s Carmel office the week of the race
    • Monday, September 27: 4pm-6pm
    • Tuesday, September 28: 11am-1pm
  3.  Pick up your race packet the day of the race. Packet pickup will begin at 9:00am at the Registration Tent.

Pricing

  • $30 (early bird July 1- August 1)
  • $35 (beginning August 2)

Benefiting

BRAIN BOLT 5K TO HELP VICTIMS OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN AND SPINE INJURIES

Patient Story

In Pursuit of an Active Life

Being active and fit is so much a part of Jay, when his leg went numb he wasn’t himself. After his spine surgery, he’s back to life in top gear.

Explore Jay’s Story
Patient Story

Back in the Swing of Things

For Elsa, age 9, bouncing back from a rare brain tumor is almost life as usual—full of laughter, fun and family.

Explore Elsa’s Story
Patient Story

Happier Than She’s Ever Been

Ginger’s life revolves around horses and those who care for them. A lumbar fusion has restored feelings she’s missed—and some she never even knew.

Explore Ginger’s Story
Patient Story

As Sharp as He Was Before

For Ryan, life after a traumatic brain injury was almost sure to be different. Being the person he was before his accident feels like a miracle.

Explore Ryan’s Story
Patient Story

In Pursuit of an Active Life

Being active and fit is so much a part of Jay, when his leg went numb he wasn’t himself. After his spine surgery, he’s back to life in top gear.

Explore Jay’s Story
Patient Story

Back in the Swing of Things

For Elsa, age 9, bouncing back from a rare brain tumor is almost life as usual—full of laughter, fun, and family.

Explore Elsa’s Story
Patient Story

Happier Than She’s Ever Been

Ginger’s life revolves around horses and those who care for them. A lumbar fusion has restored feelings she’s missed—and some she never even knew.

Explore Ginger’s Story
Patient Story

As Sharp as He Was Before

For Ryan, life after a traumatic brain injury was almost sure to be different. Being the person he was before his accident feels like a miracle.

Explore Ryan’s Story
Jay R.
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Middletown, Indiana
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Zionsville, Indiana
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Carmel, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Middletown, Indiana
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Zionsville, Indiana
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Patient Story

In Pursuit of an Active Life

Jay R.
Indianapolis, Indiana

Being active and fit is so much a part of Jay, when his leg went numb he wasn’t himself. After his spine surgery, he’s back to life in top gear.

Explore Jay’s Story
Patient Story

Back in the Swing of Things

Elsa H.
Middletown, Indiana

For Elsa, age 9, bouncing back from a rare brain tumor is almost life as usual—full of laughter, fun and family.

Explore Elsa’s Story
Patient Story

Happier Than She’s Ever Been

Ginger D.
Zionsville, Indiana

Ginger’s life revolves around horses and those who care for them. A lumbar fusion has restored feelings she’s missed—and some she never even knew.

Explore Ginger’s Story
Patient Story

As Sharp as He Was Before

Ryan B.
Carmel, Indiana

For Ryan, life after a traumatic brain injury was almost sure to be different. Being the person he was before his accident feels like a miracle.

Explore Ryan’s Story
Patient Story

In Pursuit of an Active Life

Jay R.
Indianapolis, Indiana

Being active and fit is so much a part of Jay, when his leg went numb he wasn’t himself. After his spine surgery, he’s back to life in top gear.

Explore Jay’s Story
Patient Story

Back in the Swing of Things

Elsa H.
Middletown, Indiana

For Elsa, age 9, bouncing back from a rare brain tumor is almost life as usual—full of laughter, fun, and family.

Explore Elsa’s Story
Patient Story

Happier Than She’s Ever Been

Ginger D.
Zionsville, Indiana

Ginger’s life revolves around horses and those who care for them. A lumbar fusion has restored feelings she’s missed—and some she never even knew.

Explore Ginger’s Story
Patient Story

As Sharp as He Was Before

Ryan B.
Carmel, Indiana

For Ryan, life after a traumatic brain injury was almost sure to be different. Being the person he was before his accident feels like a miracle.

Explore Ryan’s Story
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Seventh Annual Brain Bolt 5k to help victims of traumatic brain and spine injuries

Indianapolis, IN—Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine (GCBS) is proud to announce our Sixth Annual Brain Bolt 5K Run/Walk/Wheel. This year’s race will once again benefit the treatment and care of traumatic brain and spine injuries. There will be a live and virtual option for anyone wishing to participate.

​For those wishing to gather safely in person, Brain Bolt 5K will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the Carmel Gazebo at Civic Square in Carmel. It will be a family-friendly 5K that will take on a festival atmosphere featuring musical entertainment, food trucks and activities for kids on the gazebo’s grass lawn. Regional trauma specialists will educate attendees on preventing head and spine injuries, and GCBS’ MEGA Brain—an inflatable, interactive, walk-through exhibit—will also be on display.

​After virtual participants register online, they will receive a virtual “bib” and confirmation email. Virtual participants may choose their own course and track their distance on the RaceJoy app (must download prior to the start of the race). All times must be submitted before closing ceremonies.

​Early-bird registration is available from July 1, 2021 through August 1, 2021. Each registration comes with a t-shirt. Pricing coming soon!

​We anticipate a large number of race participants—many of whom are survivors of brain and spine injuries, or their families.

​“We are excited to continue the tradition of the Brain Bolt 5K and look forward to a fun, family event to support Hoosiers across our state who suffer unimaginable injuries of the head and spine,” said Derek Cantrell, Goodman Campbell’s Executive Director.

​Each year, more than 2.87 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths occur nationally due to traumatic brain injury. Nationally, more than 300,000 people live with spinal cord impairment and 5.3 million with permanent brain injury-related disability. The immediate, life-saving efforts of the neurotrauma teams at local Level 1 Trauma Centers provide these patients the best hope for surviving and coping with their injuries. All proceeds of the Brain Bolt 5K will support the efforts of the Neurosurgery Foundation at Goodman Campbell to help fund pilot research projects in traumatic brain injury, a follow-up clinic for patients for after-injury care, and will support GCBS’ neurotrauma databases.

  • 2015

    On a beautiful, crisp morning last October, more than 200 aneurysm survivors joined their families, physicians, and members of the community for the first ever Brain Bolt 5K run/walk hosted by Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine in Indianapolis. The day’s purpose and outcome were a perfect start to a new tradition…

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  • 2016

    Record attendance and attractions mark signature event. Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine’s Second Annual Brain Bolt 5K attracted more than 360 runners and walkers who helped raise nearly $60,000 to support traumatic brain injury research…

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  • 2017

    The Third Annual Brain Bolt 5K topped both our participant and fundraising expectations. This year’s October 7 event attracted more than 420 registrants as well as repeat and first-time sponsors who together helped raise more than $93,000 to support traumatic brain injury research…

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  • 2018

    One for the Record Books…

    Under a perfect sunny sky, the 4th Annual Brain Bolt 5K brought smiles to the faces of hundreds who gathered ith the largest crowd of participants ever…

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  • 2019

    Our fifth annual Brain Bolt 5K was held on Saturday, October 5, with the run/walk kicking off at the Carmel Gazebo at Civic Square in Carmel. This year, over 650 race participants and their friends and families enjoyed vendors, live music, and food trucks.

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