Sam at 5 months old

Sam at 5 months old

Sam's Sprint 5K Run/Walk

Our precious son, Sam, passed away on October 31, 2oo7, with a diagnosis of SIDS at 5 months old. He is loved and missed by many every day, especially his mommy, daddy, brother, sister, and twin sister. In honor of Sam, we have created the Samuel Dustin Clark Foundation. Each year a donation is made in Sam's honor to a community project or other charitable cause.

Three years ago, we hosted the 1st annual "Sam's Sprint," a 5K run/walk which began and ended at Charlie Daniel's Park in Mount Juliet. The race took place on October 17, 2010. Proceeds from the race went towards the building of a toddler playground at Charlie Daniel's Park. In August of 2011 the playground, "Squirrel's Run," was built, and now it's amazing watching kids in the community enjoy it because of the love for Sam. The 2nd SAM'S SPRINT also took place at Charlie Daniel's Park on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2011. 2011's beneficiary was the Mount Juliet Library. The MJ Library has BIG expansion plans in the future. We decided to jump start their funding with a $12, 500 donation for their future plans, which includes a new children's area! In their current building, there is special area in the children's section that honors Sam and his Foundation's donation for future expansion! The 3rd Annual Sam's Sprint took place on September 29, 2012. $10,500 raised from adult registration fees, sponsors, and other donations was given to the Mount Juliet YMCA. The money will be used for children's play equipment, which will eventually be moved to the new Y facility. $1, 500 raised from the Sam's Sprint Read-a-Thon and kids' registration fees was donated to the Mount Juliet Library.

The 2013 beneficiary was Alive Hospice of Nashville! All funds raised on and before event day were donated to Alive Hospice from The Samuel Dustin Clark Foundation, and were specifically used to serve the grieving children of Nashville! Alive Hospice offers group/individual counseling, camps, and so many other wonderful services for children who have lost a loved one. We were so honored to be able to donate to them in Sam's memory!

In 2014, we made the decision not to hold Sam's Sprint. As we prayerfully research other routes to go in the future in our fundraising efforts, we are also excited to announce that we were fortunate enough to still make a donation this year. Our 2014 beneficiary is the Mount Juliet Help Center. The Help Center is currently in a transition/building phase. Sam's Foundation was ecstatic to donate $11,000 to assist in their expansion efforts. We look forward to watching them break ground on the new facility in 2015, and are excited to see the funds donated put to good use for needy families in Mount Juliet.

We are SO grateful to all our registrants, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters for your help keeping Sam's memory alive by making positive changes in his community! It is incredibly rewarding to raise money in Sam's memory and be able to give it back to the Mount Juliet community!! Be on the lookout for exciting news coming soon about future fundraising efforts for The Samuel Dustin Clark Foundation.

To make charitable donations to The Samuel Dustin Clark Foundation, click here:

**For any questions about Sam's Sprint or The Samuel Dustin Clark Foundation, contact Tatum (Sam's mommy) at

Squirrel's Run at Charlie Daniel's Park

Squirrel's Run at Charlie Daniel's Park

Sam's wall at the Mount Juliet Library to honor his Foundation's 2011 Donation

2013 Sam's Sprint Volunteer Form

Want to be a Sam's Sprint volunteer? Click this link to see all of our volunteer opportunities and complete the registration form!

2013 Sam's Sprint Sponsor Form

Want to be a 2013 Sam's Sprint sponsor? We'd love to have your support AND have you on our event day t-shirt!! Here's the link for our 2012 sponsor form.

Awards Breakdown

The 4th Annual Sam’s Sprint

Awards Breakdown:


50 Yard Dash-1st Place

Fun Run-1st Place


*Top Overall Male 5K

*Top Overall Female 5K

*Age 19 & under-1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Males & Females

*Ages 20-29-1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Males & Females

*Ages 30-39-1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Males & Females

*Ages 40-49-1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Males & Females

*Ages 50-59-1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Males & Females

*Ages 60 & up-1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Males & Females

September 29, 2013

What an incredible day!!!

We want to thank all of our participants again for another incredible Sam's Sprint!  Here is the link for official timing results from Race Nashville. 

Holly Taylor Photography, our event day photographer, will have an online gallery available for viewing and purchasing on Tuesday.  Here is the link, and the password to view will be SAM.  

We do have some event day shirts left over.  We'll be running a special while supplies last...$10 will get you this year's event day blue shirt AND last year's event day red shirt!!  This deal is ONLY available in sizes L and XL.  We will also be selling this year's shirts for $7 a piece in sizes M, L, and XL until they run out.  Respond to this email if you're interested in purchasing.

Saturday was a beautiful day, all the way around, and we were so happy to share in that day with you and your family!  Thank you, again, for celebrating our Sam's life with us and helping us make positive changes in the community in his memory.  Have a blessed week!
Herby & Tatum Clark
The Samuel Dustin Clark Foundation

The 4th Annual Sam's Sprint 
Awards Ceremony Speech:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
-Romans 8:28

Looking out on this crowd today, I know for sure that God’s promises are true.  He does, most certainly, use all circumstances to bring good into the world. 

Our Sam left our arms for Jesus’s arms six years ago on October 31st.   At that time, we couldn’t imagine how life could go on.  Our entire world had been flipped upside down, and our hearts were completely broken.  Herby and I decided very quickly that we didn’t want Sam’s memory to just live out in our own home, but also we wanted his legacy to continue and his light to continue shining for others.  With this hope, we created The Samuel Dustin Clark Foundation, and in 2010 we held the first Sam’s Sprint.  Our mission each year is to make charitable donations in Sam’s memory, but along the way our family has gained so much hope and healing from our Sam’s Sprint supporters.

Now, here we are on our fourth year, and it is absolutely amazing to see Sam still on the hearts of so many. We are eternally grateful for your support in keeping Sam’s memory alive, and allowing us to make charitable donations each year in his memory.  From participants, to sponsors, to volunteers, to our faithful donors…we know you are angels who have been placed in our lives.  This day and all the planning leading up to it is not easy, because for us it’s not just another 5K.  It’s a day that’s all about our son who we hold in our hearts, but no longer in our arms.  It’s a day when we can talk about Sam without the stigma of making people uncomfortable.  It’s a day when money is raised in memory of his precious life that ended all too soon.  It’s a day when YOU give purpose to our pain, and remind us that our Sam has not been forgotten. 

This year we are very proud to donate all proceeds from Sam’s Sprint to Nashville’s Alive Hospice and the services they provide to grieving children.  This incredible facility offers all kinds of outreach opportunities to the smallest of hurting hearts at a very minimal fee.  Our own family has benefitted from their awesome grief camps and counseling services, and we are so proud to give back to others in need in Sam’s memory.  Thank you for making that gift a possibility. We appreciate you taking the time out of your weekend to come here and celebrate our Sam with us.  We hope you made some precious memories with your family here today, and that you take this reminder with you as you go…”Today is a gift.”  Enjoy it, soak it in, and live today for all it’s worth.  Thank you. 

September 25, 2013


We are very excited to see you this Saturday, and just wanted to give you some details that will make event day as smooth as possible!  Online pre-registration has closed, BUT we WILL have walk-up registration and pre-registration check-in at Pavilion 5 beginning at 6:30AM Saturday morning.  T-shirts for walkup registrants will be limited, and they will be distributed first come first serve AFTER the 5K.   If you have any questions on event day, look for our volunteers wearing RED SHIRTS and BLUE VOLUNTEER nametags!  They can try to answer your questions and send you in the right direction!

Parking: Until 7:30 AM, attendants will be parking people inside Charlie Daniels Park in the back lots.  The front spaces must be left open for the 5K starting line.  Once the back spaces are full, attendants will direct cars to park in satellite parking, either at MJ Middle School or the business complex at the corner of Charlie Daniels Parkway and Mount Juliet Road across from Sonic.  PLEASE DO NOT PARK AT JOY CHURCH!  From around 7:45-8:15, there will be no cars allowed to enter/exit the park (unless in the case of an emergency), to allow the 5K to take place. 

Registration:  Registration will begin at 6:30AM at Pavilion 5.  This is the pavilion nearest the tennis courts and the park entrance.  There will be two walk-up registration stations, and three stations for all those pre-registered online.  All those pre-registered online WILL GET AN EVENT DAY T-SHIRT in the size requested when registering.  T-shirts are limited for walk-ups, but we are very excited that we have enough for ALL PARTICIPANTS who registered online!!  Walk-ups will be asked to return after they complete the race for a shirt based on availability.  Registration fees will remain the same on event day:  5K is $25, and kids races are $10.  We will also have a very limited number of shirts for sale at the Foundation Table, next to registration.  Adult sizes will be one for $15, two for $25.  Kids sizes will be $7.  Also be sure after registering to check out the items we’ll have out for silent auction.  Silent auction winners will be announced from the stage at 9:15 AM after the 5K.  Winners must be present to remit payment and claim prize at that time. 

Here are a few tips from our timing company regarding the chip timed bibs for those participating in our 5K:
1)Bibs must be worn on the front and must be visible when you cross the finish line.
2) Bibs must be given to the one and only one person they were assigned to. This is not an issue when one person picks up one bib. However, if "Dad" picks up bibs for the whole family, he may be tempted to simply hand everyone a bib not knowing that 1042 is Dad, 1043 is mom, 1044 is son, etc. So at packet pickup, this is suggested: if one person is walking away with more than one bib, write the first name of each participant on the tear tag or somewhere on the bib so each person is sure to get the correct bib.

5K: The 5K will begin at 8AM sharp.  The course is certified and will be chip timed. Remember that there is FREE SECURE CHILDCARE available during the 5K in the community center, graciously provided by Providence United Methodist Church. We will have course monitors along the way, and a water station near the halfway point.  The 5K will begin at CD Park, turn left into the back parking lot of MJ Middle, turn left on Woodridge, continue through 2 stop signs, fork to the left at the third stop sign, continue over the bridge, loop back around at the stop sign just after the bridge, and follow the same route back to the park and start/finish line.  We will have police protection during the 5K.   When traveling the 5K course, please stay to the right side of the road to ensure the safety of all our participants.   Chick-fil-A is generously providing water and chicken biscuits for you at the finish line! 

50 Yard Dash and Fun Run:  The Kids races will begin around 9:30 AM.  If you are NOT participating in the 5K, you are advised to arrive by 9 AM to park and check in.  Most likely you will be directed to a satellite parking lot, which again will be at MJ Middle or the business at the corner of MJ RD & Charlie Daniels Pkwy.  Registration will continue for children’s races until 9:30 at Pavilion 5.  ALL CHILDREN WHO PRE-REGISTERED ONLINE will receive a t-shirt, however walk-ups will receive shirts based on availability.  The 50 Yard Dash (ages 5 and under) will take place first, directly in front of the stage.  The Kids Fun Run will begin once the 50 Yard Dash is complete and its “course” is two laps around the path that goes on the outside of the toddler playground.  It is just a little short of one mile. If the children can’t complete two laps, it is totally fine. We are asking parents of children racing to please line up along the course to ensure the children STAY on course during their race. The winner of each kids race will receive a prize and trophy, but ALL children will receive a water/snack and participation medal once they are done.  

Awards:  Awards will take place following the kids’ races on the stage, around approximately 10:15-10:30 AM.  Participants must be present to receive medal.  No prizes/trophies will be mailed post-race.  5K results will also be emailed out and posted on by Monday after event day. 

Other important info:  At the bottom of this post, you will find an event day schedule and our awards breakdown.   Please familiarize yourself with these and email with any questions you may have.  There will be inflatables & face painting onsite, as well as Holly Taylor Photography who will be capturing memories from event day.  On the Tuesday after event day, pictures will be available for viewing & purchase at with the password: SAM.    We will also have our SQUIRREL MASCOT walking around the park on event day, so be sure to find him and get a picture!  

In the event of rain (which we certainly hope doesn't happen!), event day will carry on.  The only time we'll cancel or postpone is if the police deem the weather too dangerous to continue (lightning and wind). 

ALL proceeds raised from this year’s event day will be donated to Nashville’s Alive Hospice, and will specifically be used for the services they provide to grieving children in the Nashville area.  We are SO excited to be able to donate to such an incredible outreach in Sam’s precious memory.  Thank you for your part in making that donation possible.  We’ll see you bright & early on Saturday!
The Samuel Dustin Clark Foundation

The 4th Annual Sam’s Sprint
Schedule of Events

6:30-7:45 AM- Registration
(for 5K and kids races) at Pavilion 5

8AM-5K begins

8-9:15 AM- Registration/check in continues at Pavilion 5 for Kids’ Races

9:15 AM-Silent Auction winners announced

9:30 AM-Preschool 50 Yard Dash begins

9:45 AM-Kids’ Fun Run begins

Approximately 10:15 AM- Awards begin

The 4th Annual Sam’s Sprint
Awards Breakdown

50 Yard Dash-1st Place
Fun Run-1st Place

*Top Overall Male 5K
*Top Overall Female 5K

In each age bracket listed below, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Male AND Female medals will be given.
*Age 19 & under
  *Ages 20-29
*Ages 30-39
*Ages 40-49
*Ages 50-59
*Ages 60 & up

September 23, 2013


Today is the very last day to register online for The 4th Annual Sam's Sprint!

Here is the link to do so now:

We WILL have walk-up registration for the 5K AND Kids' races on event day!  Don't forget there will be FREE SECURE childcare in the community center during the 5K, so bring the WHOLE family out for a super special day everyone can enjoy!

Our beneficiary this year is Nashville's Alive Hospice.  In Sam's memory, all proceeds raised from this year's event will be donated to Hospice specifically for the services they provide to grieving children of Nashville.  They will have a booth set up on site at event day, so that you can see what an incredible resource they are in our city!!  

Be sure and check back here, at 
for up to date event day info later this week.  We'll list important notes about parking, schedule, registration, awards, and more as the week goes on.  We can't wait to see you and your family on Saturday, as we honor our sweet Sam's memory by  raising money for positive changes in our community!!

Feel free to email with any questions you may have about The Samuel Dustin Clark Foundation and The 4th Annual Sam's Sprint! 


September 9, 2013

******CALLING ALL KIDDOS!!*******
 THIS WEEK ONLY (through Friday night at midnight), registration for kids' races is only TEN DOLLARS!! Register your kids now for the Preschool 50 yard dash (ages 5 and younger), or the Kids' Fun Run (ages 5 to 12) at the link below!! Every child who registers will receive an official Sam's Sprint t-shirt, tattoo, and participation medal post-race! Mr. Squirrel can't wait to give your little one a high five at the FINISH LINE! Register now to get this awesome deal!! And don't forget we'll have FREE SECURE CHILDCARE on event day, so Mom and Dad can do the 5K by themselves while the kiddos gear up for their races!!

NOTE: On our Active listing page, it may still say the kids race fees are $15, but once you click "register here," the $10 price will be displayed and applied.

Event day is SEPTEMBER 28!  Have you signed up yet???  There's still time!  We will have online registration through Tuesday, September 24 (at midnight), and we'll also have walk up registration on event day. 

BUT, to guarantee yourself an event day t-shirt you MUST register online by NEXT SATURDAY, September 14!!!

Here are the links to register, donate, sponsor, or volunteer now!  

Register for the 5K, Preschool 50 yard dash, kids fun run, or as a ghost runner




September 5, 2013


Event day is less than a month away!!  Have you signed up yet???  There's still time!  We will have online registration through Tuesday, September 24 (at midnight), and we'll also have walk up registration on event day. 

BUT, to guarantee yourself an event day t-shirt you MUST register online by NEXT SATURDAY, September 14!!!

Here are the links to register, donate, sponsor, or volunteer now!  

Register for the 5K, Preschool 50 yard dash, kids fun run, or as a ghost runner




Below is a picture of Sam's brother, Jackson, at Alive Hospice's Camp-Forget-Me-Not in June of 2009. This year's Sam's Sprint beneficiary is so very near and dear to our hearts. In our darkest times, they held our hands and helped us heal. We are so honored to give back to THEM this year in Sam's memory. Here is a little description of what YOU will be donating towards when you participate in The 4th Annual Sam's Sprint......

"Butterflies were a-flutter. Laughter filled the air. Kids could be seen painting crafts that paid heartwarming tributes to loved ones. And don’t forget water activities and the petting zoo. It could mean only one thing: Alive Hospice’s Camp-Forget-Me-Not was in full swing in Murfreesboro in June '09.

Painting papier-mâché masks gives camp participants a way
to identify and express emotions they feel following the loss
of a loved one. Each color represents a different feeling.

Camp Forget-Me-Not is a summer day camp for bereaved children. Its purpose: to help kids develop healthy coping skills; show them that they’re not alone following a loss; teach ways they can celebrate the lives of loved ones; and have fun."

Thank you for visiting!  Be sure and "LIKE" The Samuel Dustin Clark Foundation, Inc., on Facebook! See you on event day!

August 20, 2013

If you haven't registered yet, here's the link to do so now!  You can register for Sam's Sprint 5K, Kids' Fun Run, or Preschool 50 yard dash via the link below.  You can also register as a ghost runner, or donate through this link.

Want to be a Sam's Sprint Sponsor?  Here's the link to the form to print off!

Want to be a 2013 Sam's Sprint volunteer?? Here's the form to print off!

Thanks for your support and help making this year's event day AWESOME!!!

August 12, 2013


Today through this Friday, use the coupon code "SAMSDISCOUNT" to receive $5 off any two registration fees for the 4th Annual Sam's Sprint!  Here's the link to use that code and register now!

We are gearing up for another awesome event day, and we're so excited to honor Sam's memory by donating this year's proceeds to Alive Hospice and the counseling services they provide to children!  

We are still recruiting volunteers and sponsors for this year's event!  If you are interested, click the links below for the appropriate form to print, fill out, and send in!  

2013 Sponsor Form: 

2013 Volunteer Form:

Thanks for all your support!