Fitness

eRACE The Stigma: A 5K for a Good Cause

With summer fast approaching, fitness finds its way on the top of many to-do lists once again. One common piece of advice given to fitting work-outs into your day is to stay accountable with others. When you attend a fitness class with a friend, or run a race with others, you’ll feel more motivated knowing you’re not alone! So if you’re looking for a little motivation on this rainy Monday, I have the perfect race to tell you about today.

 

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eRACE the Stigma, a 5K run and 1 mile walk, is happening next weekend! This race is the perfect 5K because it not only helps kick-start your summer workouts, it more importantly provides support to families in need in our community. The race is held in Salisbury, MD, so I encourage you to check out their website and event if you are local in this area.

 

eRACE the Stigma, the second annual race, is one held to help erase the stigma surround mental health treatment. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to hold this race! According to the Mental Health Awareness website, “sharing is the key to breaking down negative attitudes and misperceptions surrounding mental illnesses, and to show others that they are not alone in their feelings and their symptoms.” eRACE the Stigma encourages people to be open and honest about mental health issues, and helps raise support for local families in need. The best part? The money raised goes directly to helping a family in need, right here in our community. You can feel good knowing your money is going to a good cause!

 

Last year before this race was held, a local family was experiencing a crisis situation. Their young daughter was not making good choices, and intervention became necessary. She received treatment, but the family was left with high expenses afterwards. To help the family offset their recent financial costs, eRACE the Stigma was born. All money raised went directly to this family in need, and the family is doing so well today!

 

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Event Details

The race is held on Saturday, May 14th at 9:00 a.m. at Salisbury Bible Fellowship, a church in the community. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., but you can also sign up online prior to the race to save $5 off your entry fee. Refreshments will be provided after the race, and awards are also given for first, second, and third place runners in each age group.

 

I won’t be able to make this race next weekend, but I wanted to help spread the word since this is such a great cause! If you are able to, I encourage you to sign up and support a family in need! For more details, check out the event’s Facebook page here or their website by clicking on the link.

 

*This event is held to help raise awareness and support for families experiencing mental health crises in our community. If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, I encourage you to reach out to get help or check out one of the following resources for further support:

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness: http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions

 

A comprehensive guide to mental health treatment: http://www.choosetolivemaryland.org/Docs/Resource%20Guide%202015.pd

 

The Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program: http://www.choosetolivemaryland.org/

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