Lace up your sneakers and get ready to have some colorful fun at the annual NAMI Walk and Color Me Happy 5K. This signature event for Hancock County’s National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) takes place on May 21st and raises money to support programs that empower individuals and families impacted by a mental health condition. With an emphasis on FUN and the joy of getting doused in head-to-toe color for a good cause, this is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy together.
Providing Support for Mental Health Conditions
Michelle Huff, executive director of NAMI of Hancock County, said one in four families are impacted by a mental health condition. NAMI provides free educational programs, support and advocacy to those individuals and families and works with local law enforcement to help workers recognize and respond to mental health conditions. The NAMI Walk began in 2011 and the Color Me Happy 5K was added in 2015, with a great turnout.
“It’s a fun thing to do as a family and exercise is good for physical and mental well-being. Through this event we help fight the stigma for those suffering,” Huff said.
The Race and the After-party Details
Color Me Happy takes place at Riverside Park on May 21 with registration beginning at 8am and the untimed race beginning at 9:30. The cost is $40 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-17, and free for kids five and under. Findlay High School’s Steel Drum Band, Pantasia, will perform from 8-9am and Time Warp Mobile DJ will play music throughout the run. The post-race party will include food, free face painting, prizes, a bounce house, games, and, of course, more color.
So grab your white t-shirts and bring the kids for a day of fun!
For more information or to register online go to namiofhancock.org.