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Our annual Walk/Run As One event will be held this year on Tuesday, September 13th. The purpose of this walk/run is Suicide Prevention. We will meet in the “Green Space” behind the Business Building. Our event this year will focus on suicide prevention awareness for everyone and specifically for our athletes. In recent years, death by suicide among athletes has risen. Athletes are often glamorized as people “living the dream”, yet they can be under tremendous pressure to perform and live up to expectation by coaches, families and the public. Our hope is that by raising awareness for athletes, we can diminish some of the stigma for athletes who would like to seek support for their mental health. Also, we hope that not only our athletes and their teammates, but also our campus and surrounding communities will recognize that you can never tell who might be struggling and we all need to support each other.
Ribbons will be given to participants and spectators to wear. The ribbons will be color specific for how each individual has been impacted by suicide. Participants can pick up ribbons starting at 4:30 pm.
The event will officially begin at 5:00 pm by having Koby Parry, a javelin thrower who trains with BYU, talk about athletics and mental wellness for about 15 minutes.
The race will start on the green space behind the business building. It will head east on 100 South and turn onto Mill Road. At approximately 350 E Mill Road will be the turn around point for the one-mile fun run. The 5K will continue further up Mill Road to just a little bit past the turn off for the gun range, where they will turn around. All runners will return the same way they ran ending up at the Basketball courts behind the Business Building. Water will be provided at the turn around point for the 5K. Bananas and water will be provided for the participants near the basketball court when they finish walking/running.
For those who may not be able to participate in the Walk or Run, we invite you to enjoy the entertainment and show your support for those who are walking or running.
By the Basketball courts, we will have two things. The first is what we call “Community Connections”. One of the risks for suicide is feeling isolated and without connection. Community Connections will have people in it who are looking for volunteers or people to get involved. In years past, these connections have included the Children’s Justice Center, libraries, Elementary Schools looking for volunteers, etc.
It will also showcase the murals that have been painted in the basketball courts. These murals were created for suicide prevention and have been a common photoshoot background for students and community members alike.
When the last runner has come in, we will give out awards and the event will be over.
Prepare now for next years event!
We will be hosting a fundraiser walk on October 7th in Ephraim and one in Richfield still to be scheduled. Stay tuned for more details.
The next Fitbit order will be in November.
Please contact: Tracy Madsen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org of phone at extension 7220