About this Event:
Please join us at our 3rd Annual 'Don’t Lose Hope: 5k Run/Walk for Suicide Awareness'!
It is the year 2023; the world can be a scary and uncertain place for many. Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness. In the last year, almost 5% of adults reported having serious thoughts of suicide and approximately 15% of youth have experienced a major depressive episode.
Suicide numbers are increasing! Today, it is more common than not that we have all lost someone to suicide or at least know someone who has. We need more conversations, we need more check-ins with our loved ones, but most of all we need to be kind.
Help us break the stigma attached to mental health by showing your support on Sunday, October 15th! You can run, jog, walk, crawl…you could do all four! Your presence is what is appreciated most!
Registration will begin at 7:30 am and the official race start time will be 8:30 am. Upon your arrival on race day, please be sure to check in as well as get your honor beads (see below for honor beads description).
**PS. If you didn't get to register in time, we will be accepting same-day registrations!**
Buttonwood Park, New Bedford MA
Corner of Lake Street & Buttonwood Street (behind Lawler Library)
Race Numbers and Meal Ticket Pick-Up/Pre-Registration:
Friday, October 13th
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Child & Family Services
3057 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford MA
*PLEASE NOTICE NEW PICK-UP LOCATION THIS YEAR
*If you pre-register on this day, you do not need to register again on event day.
• All entrants are eligible to receive an event t-shirt, honor beads and meal ticket for a post-run breakfast!
• Music by All Systems Go
• Grab a picture by our Child & Family Back-Drop
• Honor Beads #ThisIsWhyiRun
Please note the deadline to receive a t-shirt is MONDAY, OCTOBER 2nd at MIDNIGHT.
What are Honor Beads?
They are beneficial in both honoring a loved one as well as silently identifying a loss that you have had. Each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience.
The top 3 runners with best times in each age/gender divisions will be recognized and awarded.
Age Groups: 25 & under / 26-44 / 45 & up
Age Groups: 25 & under / 26-44 / 45 & up
Also, Top 3 Overall M/ or F
About Child & Family Emergency Services:
Our Adult + Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention (A/YMCI) provides behavioral health crisis assessment, intervention, and stabilization services (24/7/365) to individuals of all ages with mental health, substance use disorder, and/or co-occurring conditions. Services can be provided at our office location or in the community such as home, school, shelters, or other preferred locations.
**In the event that the race needs to be cancelled, there will be no refunds as it is a charitable fundraiser. Thank you for understanding.
Join a Team:Pick from a list of team names on the next page and join your team.
Create a Team:Once you create a team, participants can join your team under the "join a team" option above.
Individual Registration:Register as an individual participant.
I know that running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity, which could cause injury or death. I will not enter and participate unless I am medically able and properly trained, and by my signature, I certify that I am medically able to perform this event, and am in good health, and I am properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to any aspect of my participation in this event, including the right of any official to deny or suspend my participation for any reason whatsoever. I attest that I have read the rules of the race and agree to abide by them. I assume all risks associated with running in this event, including but no limited to: falls, physical contact with other participants, volunteers, race personnel, contract service providers, employees, and spectators including the potential the contraction of a communicable disease resulting from contact with other participants, volunteers, race personnel, contract service providers, employees, and spectators. I assume all risks including: the effects of the weather; high heat and/or humidity; freezing cold temperatures; traffic and the conditions of the road including surrounding terrain. I assume all such risks being known, appreciated, and accepted by me. I understand that bicycles, skateboards, baby joggers/strollers, roller skates or inline skates, animals, and personal music players are not allowed in the race, and I will abide by all race rules. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release Child & Family Services, Inc., the city of New Bedford, and the Road Runners Club of America, all event sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event, even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. In addition, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 and/or other communicable diseases by participating in this event. I acknowledge that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and/or death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 in connection with my participation in this event and personally assume this risk. I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use my photographs, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate purposes. I understand that this event does not provide for refunds in the event of a cancellation, and by signing this waiver, I consent that I am not entitled to a refund if the event is cancelled before or during the event. SecureFee™ Registration Cancellation Insurance is offered in most states. If purchased, your registration may be covered for one of the covered reasons stated in the policy.