Race to raise awareness of mental illness

Two people running on a trail

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Hope Network has served the people of Michigan for more than 50 years, helping those with social, mental, and physical barriers overcome. One of the ways they do that is through the Hope Network 1 in 5 Marathon Relay.

The inaugural event is a marathon relay race on May 28. Teams of five runners will run a five mile loop. The fifth runner must go 6.2 miles; a more challenging course to represent the one in five living with a mental illness.

The event is meant to raise awareness for and acceptance of people with mental illness. Statistics show one in five people live with a mental illness at some point in their life, but only 40% get treatment. That means mental illness can affect anyone, even our family and friends. The key is early intervention to prevent the devastating effects.

The Hope Network 1 in 5 Marathon Relay is a great way to participate in a marathon without having to run the entire distance. It’s a great way to get in shape, get your friends on board, and run with a purpose.

The race starts and finishes at Millennium Park, starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. Number pick-up and late registration is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27. Register online to participate.

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