From a very early age, Elora had a variety of special needs. Despite her physical difficulties, Elora loved 5K races. Although she would complete the course long after the other runners crossed the finish line, this never kept her from encouraging others along the way. She brought out the best in others, and the Elora’s H.O.P.E. Fund, created in her name and spirit, wants to continue this tall order.

Elorapalooza was started to raise funds in memory of Elora Geier. We have had 12 successful Elorapaloozas with hundreds of people participating each year and many local businesses, including Allegheny Health Network, supporting our cause. These events have raised more than $170,000 to benefit the Elora’s H.O.P.E. Fund. The Fund supports blood cancer research, provides scholarship funds for local students majoring in Special Education and now also makes grants to cover non-medical needs of cancer patients and their families.

2017 marked our 12th Annual Elorapalooza 5-Mile/5K/1-Mile Walk, Run or Lollygag, which took place on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the North Park Lodge (NEW LOCATION). This year, we also expanded the event to include a 5-mile race and Kids’ Fun Run.

Thanks to all who joined us on a beautiful day to help make a difference in the lives of so many. Special appreciation goes to our 2017 sponsors who have demonstrated their willingness to take an active role in helping others.


Even if you were unable to attend this year’s event, you can still support this great cause through your online donation.

Eloapalooza 13 will be held on July 15, 2018 at the North Park Lodge. Mark your calendar today!

Check out the Eloraplooza photo gallery and see how much fun we have while making a difference in people’s lives. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos.

Visit our 2017 Sponsors’ page and show your appreciation for their ongoing support.

Photo Gallery