May 5, 2018 is shaping up to be a colorful, energetic, and beneficial day for individuals and families in the Alexandria area.
On the first Saturday in May, Longleaf Hospital will hold its inaugural 5K Color Run/Walk. The run will begin at 8 a.m. at the hospital, which is located at 44 Versailles Blvd.
Billed as “a morning of family fun,” the May 5 event will also feature a bouncy house for children, a dunking booth, and refreshments provided by Chick-fil-A. Community healthcare experts will also be on-site to share free information.
“The purpose of the run is to educate the community about the importance of mental health and working together to break the stigma of mental illness,” said Longleaf Hospital CEO Claire Hick.
In addition to increasing awareness, the event will also raise funds to help area residents whose lives have been impacted by mental health challenges. All proceeds will be donated to the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Registration for the Longleaf Hospital 5K Color Run/Walk is $25.00 per person. All registered participants will receive a T-shirt and sunglasses.
Registration is currently underway at Active.com. In-person registration will also be available the day of the race, from 7:00-7:45 a.m, though shirts may not be available for in-person registrants.
Local organizations that are partnering with Longleaf Hospital for this day of activity and awareness include Chick-fil-A, Kona Ice, Ace Hardware, and Office Link. Media partners include KALB-TV and The Town Talk newspaper.