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Annual Mile Walk & 5K Run brings awareness to mental health

The 9th annual event encourages all ages to come out

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the MyMichigan Behavioral Health Center will host the annual Mental Health Mile Walk & 5K Run on Saturday, June 3, 2023.

The run will begin at 1:30 p.m., and walk at 1:45 p.m., both on the campus of MyMichigan Medical Center Sault, 500 Osborn Boulevard, Sault St. Marie.

Participants are encouraged to dress up and wear green to show support for Mental Health Awareness. The course is relatively flat without much change in elevation. Strollers and friendly pets on leashes are welcome.

Light refreshments for participants will be available following the race. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories.

“This is our ninth annual Mental Health Mile and 5K and we encourage community members of all ages to come out and support this event. The goal for this event is to raise awareness and support for individuals in the community who are living with a mental illness,” said Ashley Flickinger, CTRS at the MyMichigan Behavioral Health Center

“This really is a fun, family-friendly event. In addition to the race, Grandpa’s Mini Donuts will be on site and we will have bounce house available thanks to Parkers Ace Hardware.”

The cost for the 5K Run is $25 before May 17; $30 after May 17. The Mile Walk is free.  

Registration be completed online or on-site the day of the event beginning at 1 p.m.

MyMichigan Health, a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is a leader in providing award-winning, high-quality care to the 25-county region it serves. With Medical Centers in Alma, Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Sault Ste. Marie and West Branch, MyMichigan also has affiliations with Medical Centers in St. Ignace* and Mackinac Island*.

MyMichigan Health provides a full continuum of care across a wide array of settings, including urgent care centers, home health, virtual care, as well as medical offices in more than 80 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, family medicine, hematology/oncology, neurosciences, orthopedics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, and more.

MyMichigan Health demonstrates its commitment to the future of medicine by partnering with leading institutions to offer medical education programs that train medical students, physicians, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, nursing students and other clinical experts for our region. Recognized by Forbes in 2022 as one of ‘America’s Best Employers by State,’ MyMichigan is a major employer in all of the areas it serves. In fact, its more than 10,180 employees, volunteers, health care providers and other personnel work together to create healthy communities through solutions designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the 981,000 residents in the health system’s 25-county service area. In fiscal year 2022, MyMichigan Health provided $132 million in community benefits, as well as supported its patients and families with new equipment, services and programs with funds raised by the MyMichigan Health Foundation.