Race Information

  • Name
    Be the Light - Glow in the Dark 5k
  • City
    Holland, MI
    Ottawa County
  • Events
    5K run
  • Event Categories
  • Race Dates
    On-Site Race Sep 19, 2020 Saturday Cancelled
    Virtual Race Sep 6 - Sep 21, 2020 Past Date
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  • Details from event's RunSignUp.com listing:

    Join us for this awesome Glow in the Dark Virtual 5k! Invest in your own mental and physical health by completing a 5k, learn and spread mental health awareness, and support Beacon of Hope! Beacon of Hope is a non-profit counseling agency, which provides barrier free counseling at no-cost. Our hope is to raise over $21,000 dollars, providing more than 700 individual counseling sessions.

    THE WHY: 

    There’s SO much stigma around mental health, stigma that’s literally deadly. According the the health department, suicide rates in Michigan have increased 150% in the past 10 years, and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of people aged 10-34 in the US. That’s right, this isn’t just something adults struggle with. In Ottawa county, 1 in 5 teens have seriously considered taking their lives, and ⅔ of those were less than 16 years old. The National Suicide Hotline reported 1000% increase of calls during COVID.  And that doesn’t even take into account lives lost due to eating disorders, substance abuse, or domestic violence. All of those deaths could have been prevented. According to the National Alliance of Mental Health,1 in 5 adults struggle with mental health in some way, yet less than half seek help due to stigma.

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