Help eRACE the Stigma by running this weekend!

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Here I am last year after finishing the eRACE the Stigma 5K. (Grizzly Adams photo)

You can be part of eRACE-ing the Stigma of mental illnesses by participating in the eRACE the Stigma 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk this Saturday, May 13, in Salisbury.

In some of my free time (which is diminishing because of my involvement in various running-related endeavors!), I have been helping with this race. My friends Lynn (also our Eastern Shore Running Club vice president!) and Harlan are the race directors.

I’m excited to also be running in the race again this year. Last year, I was the first overall female finisher — not common for me. That likely won’t happen again this year. I don’t know how fast I’ll be able to go, and I also know from Facebook that at least one female runner faster than me is planning to run, but that’s OK. I would rather see a nice group out there than hold on to my title!

Mental health is such an important issue, and this race will benefit someone struggling with a mental health or addiction issue. “Mental Health Matters” is printed on this year’s bright green shirt, and that’s completely true — it matters a lot. It’s health!

This year, eRACE the Stigma has a new course in downtown Salisbury. (If you read my post from last year, you will see that it started and finished at Salisbury Bible Fellowship.)

The race is this Saturday, May 13, at 9 a.m. People can register and/or pick up their packets beginning at 8 a.m. that day. Head toward the Downtown Plaza, and if it’s raining, go to the old Parker Place building.

It’s $25 to register in advance or $30 on race day. Online registration can be found here.

All the race information I cited can be found on the website, www.eracethestigma.org, but I felt a little silly citing the website throughout when I’ve been involved with this race. Visit the website to read more about mental illness and learn more about the race. I even did a little write-up on the “Information” tab titled “Mental Health Information & Real Life Story.”

Hope to see you out there!

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