Upcoming 5K event to help local mental health alliance

STERLING — NAMI Sauk Area, an affiliate of the National Alliance of Mental Illness, will be holding a 5K run on July 13 at 8 a.m. at Hoover Park in Sterling.

Runners, walkers and strollers are all welcome to this event to help raise funds and assist in raising awareness of the support families need when dealing with a loved one or friend who is living with a mental illness.

“We are dedicated to eliminating the stigma that is prevalent with mental illness,” stated Maggie Wike, race/event director. “This year, we are adding a local non-profit contest.”

Participants may list their favorite local non-profit organization when they register and the non-profit with the most entries will be given a donation of $1,000.

Money raised from this event will facilitate training for CIT officers, help pay for Family 2 Family manuals, training for NAMI instructors and informational brochures.

Race packet pick-up will be held on Friday, July 12 from 5-7 p.m. at Sinnissippi Park and also on Saturday from 6:30-7:45 a.m. at Hoover Park Red Barn.

An awards ceremony for the participants will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday after the 5K is completed.

Participants are urged to review the NAMI Sauk Area 5K Facebook page and to register online for the event at www.runsignup.com.

The organization holds two monthly family support groups each month, including one on the second Thursday of each month at the Faith Lutheran Church in Rochelle and one on the fourth Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sterling.