We are excited to announce that we will be holding the event live in person this year and providing a virtual option for people as well! 

With a virtual race you can run the 5K distance anywhere, in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, at a nearby park. You will have between Saturday, September 14th and Saturday, October 5th to complete your 5K. Once you have the 5K completed you will enter your time in the Run Sign-up website.

 We hope people will come together in person and virtually to let others know they matter. Together, we can raise awareness towards suicide and save lives! Please consider still joining us to show people they matter.

If you participate in the event either in person or virtually you will receive a race t-shirt!  We will plan for packet pickup on Friday September 13 between 4:30-6:00pm and Saturday September 14 from 7:00-9:00am at the entrance to the VA, as we have done in years past.  Thank you all for your understanding as we take things one day at a time.  We must take care of each other now, more than ever.   


Suicide is a major public health problem.  In fact, it is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States...US service members and Veterans are not immune to this statistic.  The effects of war are not just physical.  Although suicide awareness and prevention efforts are ongoing, the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named September National Suicide Prevention Month.  

This race is an opportunity for all of us to show Veterans, their families, and the entire military community that THEY matter.  We are excited to hold this event for the 12th year! Thank you to everyone who helps to keep this event going.  Please come join us for the 12th Annual Alive and Running VA (Battle Creek) event, brought to you in collaboration with our community partner, Gryphon Place.  Together we will do our part to prevent suicide and raise awareness.