JAMESTOWN – The third annual GLOW Your Mind 5K Run/Walk will take place at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Northwest Arena to raise funds for local suicide prevention efforts in Chautauqua County.
The glow run is held through collaborative efforts by The Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Chautauqua Tapestry, and Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene. Timing and race management will be provided by Chautauqua Striders. The partnership came out of the groups’ common goal to generate awareness that mental wellness and physical wellness are of equal importance in everyone’s lives.
“Striders is excited to be a community partner with the 5K Glow Run in Jamestown,” David Reinhardt of Chautauqua Striders said. “This fun event is designed for not only the runners, but for families and friends looking for a new fitness opportunity.”
The race will begin in front of the Northwest Arena and will follow a route through Jamestown. This year’s race route is new to the event and will take participants though residential neighborhoods. Registration and race packet pick-up will be from 6:30 – 8:15 p.m. outside the arena. The run and walk will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Registration for the 5K can be done online. The registration link and event page can also be found through the Glow Your Mind 5K Facebook page. Registration is $20 plus a $2.50 sign-up fee for anyone who completes an online registration by August 20. Registration for participants 7-18 years old is $15 plus a $2.50 sign-up fee. The first 100 people registered by August 9 will get a free t-shirt. Awards will be given to the top overall male and female and top male and female finishers in each age group.
“Last year’s race was very successful and we knew we had to continue growing the event for this year,” said Victoria Patti, Coordinator of The Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention. “The goal is to generate awareness that mental wellness and physical wellness are one in the same while sustaining awareness efforts for suicide prevention in the area. We are looking forward to another great year and hope to see both returning racers from the past and brand new ones. The course is relatively flat which should make it more accessible to families who would like to walk or run.”
After the race, an “After Glow” party, managed by Eventz by Scott will be held outside of the arena. The After Glow Party and post-race celebration will begin after the runners and walkers return. The results will be tabulated and the awards presented to the winning racers. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available with live music by DJ Xcite Sound.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If your organization is interested in sponsoring the Glow Your Mind 5K, please contact Victoria. Sponsorship levels range from $100 plus and all sponsors will have their logo on the back of the official race T-shirt if sent in by the August 6 deadline.
For more information on the event visit “Glow Your Mind 5K” on Facebook. Businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring the event or anyone who is interested in participating as a volunteer should contact Victoria Patti by phone at (716) 753-4519 or by email at PattiV@co.chautauqua.ny.us