The event, a 5K run/walk charity, will be hosted by Strong Minds on May 12th at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion.
All proceeds will be donated to Sault Area Hospitals’ mental health programs and the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.
Strong Minds is a health and wellness service offering in-home personal training and group training in and around Sault Ste. Marie. Strong Minds specializes in fitness based treatment and is an advocate for mental health and addictions awareness.
Strong Minds aims to be a conduit of support and growth within the community, raising the bar on personal fitness goals both physical and mental.
Amanda Lambert, Registered Health And Exercise Practitioner and CEO of Strong Minds, told SaultOnline, “I wanted to do this event to create awareness on mental health and addictions. Mental health awareness week is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, so we thought it would be a great idea to have something that the community can get involved in and support.
There are so many statistics that show how much physical activity and exercise can improve our mental health so we figured why not put something together that the whole community can be involved in.”
“There are a lot of charity events that promote other illnesses and diseases but there is nothing really that supports mental illnesses, we wanted to change that and do something.”
The goal of Strong Minds is to have physicians and psychiatrists prescribe exercise as a form of medication to their patients, believing that personal trainers have a lot to offer individuals as part of their recovery.
Lambert stated, “We help in a way that alternatively combined with medicine can promote a healthy lifestyle. Strong Minds focuses on fitness based treatment where fitness is the medicine.”
This is the first ever charity event hosted by this business, and Lambert happily told us that it certainly won’t be the last. “We want this to be a annual event in line with mental health awareness week.”
She said, “1 in 3 people suffer from this yet we don’t talk about this as much as we should. It is time we all come together and stop the stigma.”
Interested participants can register here, at Boathouse, or on race day.
Registration opens at 9:00 am, and the race will begin at 10:00am.
Early Bird prices are $30 per racer, Family & Group rates are $30 per racer, and Student prices are $15 per racer.
Koach Katrina (Francella) will lead participants into a warmup followed by Cara Russon of Yoga is Movement Medicine will guide participants into a 20-30 minute light yoga stretch.
The day will consist of prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place participants, as well as treats available all day thanks to the generosity of Juicy Beatz.
For any inquires, contact [email protected]