In the wake of tragic events recently in Texas, and not long ago right here in Connecticut, efforts to address mental health issues are again on our minds, as well they should be. For that reason, and in observance of national Mental Health Awareness Month, Community Health Center Inc. will hold the second annual Race for Mental Health at Meriden’s Hubbard Park on May 3.
As Michael S. Rohde noted in yesterday’s commentary on this page, this is a productive way to call attention to local efforts to address issues including the stigmas attached to mental health and efforts to improve the quality of treatment. Therefore, this event deserves community support.
But it also sounds like a day of fun — with a 5k, a health walk, a kids’ fun run and the addition of a 10k race this year — which will include a challenging uphill run to Castle Craig, where spectacular views of the greater Meriden area can be had. There will also be a DJ, a health fair, healthy food cooking demonstrations and family friendly activities during and after the race — with paved routes that will be closed to auto traffic.
All of the proceeds will go, through the United Way, to local organizations dedicated to mental health care. Last year’s race raised $5,500.
Runners and walkers can register online at www.FastTrackTiming.com. There will be also be on-site registration available starting at 7:45 a.m. and an awards ceremony for both the 5k and 10k events, recognizing the top three male and female finishers in each age group.
The Race for Mental Health is made possible by support from lead sponsor Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and community partners including MidState Medical Center, the Meriden Puerto Rican Festival Committee, Blue Trail Rifle Range, Hunters Ambulance, Web Solutions, Shoprite, C-Town, the Record-Journal and Ovation Benefits.
With spring finally here, the Race for Mental Health promises to be a fun time — and hopefully a sunny one — now that Meriden’s Daffodil Festival has generated abundant community spirit. Come one, come all!