Community Contributor Audrey Dolman
Written by Kathryn O'Neil and Eva Chambers
JOIN US FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL "MY BEST FRIEND'S 5K ROAD RACE" TO SUPPORT YOUTH PROGRAMS AND RAISE AWARENESS FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION
April 11, 2016 - Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Church of Simsbury (SHELC) will be holding its first annual 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 14. The event will raise money for the SHELC Youth Program which welcomes members of the community to participate. The Race begins at 9:00 AM and starts at SHELC located at 7 Wescott Road in Simsbury.
Registration is currently open for the 5k run and 1.25-mile walk.
To register, please go to http://www.shelc.org/my-best-friends-5k-road-race/ or http://www.Runsignup.com/Race/CT/Simsbury/MyBestFriends5kRoadRace/
Register by April 30 to receive a free tri-blend t-shirt.
SHELC hopes to promote health and wellness within the community during this outreach event. A personal trainer from Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness will lead the pre-race stretching and warm ups. The course route starts at SHELC, continues to the scenic Rails to Trails path, loops around and ends back at SHELC.
Another goal of the event is to raise awareness for suicide prevention and to remember friends who were lost too soon to suicide. SHELC will display a remembrance banner available for anyone to sign to remember a lost friend. At the conclusion of the race, SHELC will make a financial donation to the Jordan Porco Foundation, a Hartford based non-profit organization committed to preventing suicide in high school and college-aged students through awareness, education and innovative programming.
The Gold Sponsor, Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness of Avon, will provide two lucky participants with a complimentary 1-month membership. Anyone who completes the 5k run or 1.25 walk will be eligible, so you don't have to win - you just have to finish!
For more information about the SHELC Youth Program and the Church visit www.shelc.org.