We are sad to announce that due to on-going concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are converting the Alive and Running VA 5K into a Virtual Race again this year. This difficult decision was made to prioritize the safety of our Veterans and all who are involved in the event.
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 18th and Saturday, October 2nd to complete your 5K. Once you have the 5K completed you will enter your time in the Run Sign-up website.
While we have to adjust the event again this year, we still want people to come together virtually to let others know they matter. Together, we can still raise awareness towards suicide and save lives! Please consider still joining us to show people they matter.
If you participate in the virtual event you will still receive a race t-shirt and a finishers medal! We will plan for drive through packet pickup on Friday September 17 between 5-6:30pm and Saturday September 18 from 9:00-10:00am 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. Our goal for the 9th year of this event is to have our best year yet. Please come join us for the 9th 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.