The annual NAMI Lehigh Valley 5K Race & Walk for Mental Illness will occur on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 5450 Liberto Lane, Bethlehem, PA 18017 (This is not Bicentennial Park in Allentown!)
The 5K raceis on flat paved roads open to traffic in a suburban area. Prizes for first place female and male runners and for top runners in each age bracket, female and male. Winners also receive the area's only EDIBLE medals from Custom Cookies by Elizabeth! Participants receive T-shirts and tickets for a basket raffle; Johnny's Bagels, fruit, and coffee before and after the race; and hot dogs (regular and vegetarian options) & chips afterward. Enjoy live music, a playground and grassy area for children, and restrooms. No strollers, bikes, or runners under age 14 for the race, but they are welcome for the Walk. Race day registration is available. If you wish for your registration fee to benefit the Vivek Ananthan Youth Initiative, please state this in a note to the Race Director using the "Race Contact Info" button.
Walkers have a separate, shorter course for their non-competitive walk on a paved path in the park. Walkers register online as well. Participants receive T-shirts and tickets for a basket raffle. The walk is free;a $5 donation is appreciated but not required to help cover the cost of the T-shirt.
We're trying something new! Individual participant fundraising is not required, but it is appreciated. Runners, if you agree to raise $50 by September 17, your race registration fee will be waved at checkout! Walkers may become fundraisers also.
Registration fees and donations stay in the Lehigh Valley to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy. Visit http://www.namipalehighvalley.org/ for more information about NAMI Lehigh Valley, a grassroots nonprofit mental health organization. Register by September 4 to guarantee a shirt!