On Saturday, May 25, the Strides for My Mind 5K Wellness Run/Walk will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the student union of Jamestown Community College, 525 Falconer St., Jamestown.
The walk is being put on through the collaboration of Chautauqua Tapestry, the Early Identification and Recognition Grant through the Department of Mental Hygiene, and Compeer Chautauqua. The partnership came out of the groups' common goal to promote awareness of the importance of mental wellness during May which is Children's Mental Health Awareness Month.
The walk will begin at the student union of the JCC campus and will follow a mapped out route through Falconer. Registration and race packet pick-up will begin at 8 a.m. Runners will begin at 9:30 a.m., and walkers will begin at 9:45 a.m.Registration for the 5k can be done either online at www.racesonline.com or by mail by sending in a paper form along with payment to Compeer, Attention: Jann Ball, 97 Forest Ave, Jamestown, NY. Paper registrations can be found at any local gym within Jamestown. The registration fee for anyone registering on or before May 18 is $20. After May 18, the fee is $25. Participants under 12 years old can register for free, and the first 100 people registered will get a free T-shirt. Awards will be given to the top three overall males and females, and the top three in standard five-year age groups according to gender.
There will be a post-race wellness fair that will have various agencies and vendors with wellness information, products and/or services. There will also be a Children's Mental Health Awareness Month youth poster contest display set up in the student union. All community members who come out to participate will have a chance to vote on the artwork. The theme of the poster contest is "acceptance."
"The overall mission of this event is really to stress the importance that mental wellness is equal to that of physical wellness," said Lexy Baglia, Chautauqua Tapestry social marketer and technical assistance coordinator. "Sometimes people have a hard time seeing the two as being the same but they truly are. In fact the two are so closely related that quite often when your mental wellness is suffering your physical wellness will as well. This event really sprung from the passion of Briana Palmer, early recognition specialist through the Early Identification and Recognition Grant through the Department of Mental Hygiene. She wants the community to really grasp the fact that feeling 'mentally unwell' is something you should address the same as you would for any sort of physical ailment."
For more information on how to register for the race or become a vendor or agency at the event, contact Briana Palmer at 661-8348.