A Light in the Dark 5K for Suicide Prevention

A Light in the Dark 5K for Suicide Prevention

7 April 2021

This past year has been an odd year for running. While so many have flocked to the sport as a way to keep themselves active and get outside during lockdown, we've been unable to gather as a community at races. But as people begin to seek a little more normalcy, finding a way back to in-person races comes with its own unique challenges.

Newton Ambassador and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention board member, Nicole Gartside, has chaired a local 5K for AFSP three years in a row. After postponing their 2020 event, only to go 100% virtual a few months later, she and her team have had to navigate changing community guidelines to try as they try to bring back an in-person element to their 2021 race.

A Light in the Dark 5K has merged the virtual and in-person formats for a new type of race. Runners can choose to run or walk their 5K at one of two open courses in the greater Austin area, or participate virtually at a course of their choice. Despite challenges, AFSP knew they had to move forward with their celebration of wellness—both physical and mental—to raise funds for community support and education that's more important than event. 

To participate in-person or virtually, or to donate to the cause, visit the event page for A Light in the Dark 5K on April 18th.