On Saturday, May 3, the second annual Strides for My Mind 5K Wellness Run/Walk will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Carnahan Training Center at Jamestown Community College at 525 Falconer St. in Jamestown.
The walk is being put on through the collaboration of Chautauqua Tapestry, the Department of Mental Hygiene through an Early Identification and Recognition Grant, Compeer Chautauqua and the Jamestown Community College Student Senate. 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 race will begin in front of 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 8:30 a.m. with runners beginning at 9:30 a.m. and walkers 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 14701. Paper registrations can be found and printed off at www.racesonline.com. The registration fee for anyone registering before the day of the race is $20. The day of the race 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.
"Last year's event turned out to be very successful and we knew we had to do it again," said Lexy Baglia, Chautauqua Tapestry social marketer and technical assistance coordinator. "This year we were able to add the Jamestown Community College Student Senate to our partnership which has strengthened our work. Having the support of the students at JCC will only enhance our efforts and improve our outcomes. We made sure to hold the race early in May this year to capitalize on the fact that school will still be in session. We are looking forward to another great year and hope to see both returning racers and brand new ones."
There will also be a wellness fair that will have various agencies and vendors with wellness information, products and/or services. It will begin before the race and continue after the runners and walkers return. The goal of the event is to generate awareness that mental and physical wellness are of equal importance in everyone's lives.
For more information on the event visit "Strides for My Mind 5K"on Facebook. Businesses or organizations interested in having a table at the wellness fair should contact Baglia by phone at 753-4516 or by email at BagliaA@co.chautauqua.ny.us.