KJ's 5K for Mental Health and Animal Rescue


Event Date

Sat, Oct 6, 2018


Akron, OH


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About This Activity

Second Annual KJ's 5K for Mental Health and Animal Rescue

October 6, 2018

8 am Check in

9 am Start

10:30 am Awards Ceremony, Remembrance, and Presentation

 $20.00 Early Registration (+$2.50 registration fee, $30.00 after December 1, 2017, $35.00 same day registration)

Age 6 to 16 $10.00 early registration (+$2.50 registration fee, $15.00 after December 1, 2017, $20.00 same day registration. )

Age 5 and under FREE

Please join us for the second annual KJ's 5k on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

We will build on the success of our first 5k, and run in support of local Mental Health and Animal Rescue organizations.

Kyle “KJ” Hamblin seemed to have the world at his fingertips. An accomplished student throughout his academic years, KJ also made time for sports, marching band, drama club, and playing bass in a rock band. Later, KJ became an electrical engineer, travelling the world as part of a specialized program, then coming home to Akron to work for Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, where he worked on six patents which helped generate millions in revenue for the company. In his spare time, KJ was a pilot, a runner, and taught a class to up-and-coming electrical engineers.

Then one day, 29 year-old KJ died by suicide.

There was seemingly no warning, no reason, no clue. But after some time passed, friends and family shared little-known stories that pointed to secret depression and remembered odd behaviors like an obsession with the deaths of others. The warning signs of suicide are often subtle, but knowing what to look for can save lives.

Like all those lost to suicide, KJ was taken from this Earth too soon. You can remember these valuable people and help prevent tragedies like this from happening to others by participating in KJ’s 5K, which raises money to support Portage Path Behavioral Health and its SUPPORT Hotline (330.434.9144), Summit County’s free, anonymous, 24/7 suicide prevention service.

As KJ was also an animal lover, this event also supports local animal rescue efforts. You can bring your pet to run or walk with you around the beautiful grounds of the Portage Lakes State Park.

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