A 5K race for mental health awareness took place on UVa grounds this past weekend. At 9:00 on Saturday morning, more than 150 registered contestants lined up on the South Lawn to race for the cause.
The run was coordinated and sponsored by the Third Year Council Wellness Committee and Fourth Year Trustees Wellness Committee. There were other various organizations supporting the event, including peer health educators through Active Minds, the UVa division of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, If You’re Reading This.org., and L.L. Bean.
According to Kathryn Mendenhall, a coordinator of the event, the race had a great turnout and managed to raise about $3,000 for mental health awareness. In addition, members of the UVa swim and dive team ran in honor of former teammate Joshua Richardson, a first year recruit who tragically passed away this summer.
The male and female with the fastest race time decided which charity the money will go to. One of the winners donated their prize money to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, while the other remains undecided.