Smile Run 5K/10K - Suicide Prevention Run - Gainesville

5K, 10K

Event Date

Thu, Sep 3, 2015


Gainesville, FL


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Running-5K - Medal & Decal

$22 $22 Closed

Running-5K - IR4 Members: You'll receive an extra medal for your IR4 Buddy

$27 $27 Closed

Running-10K - Medal & Decal

$22 $22 Closed

Running-10K - IR4 Members: You'll receive an extra medal for your IR4 Buddy

$27 $27 Closed

About This Activity

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September is Suicide Prevention Month. In an effort to help raise awareness we are hosting our first annual Smile Run. This year it is dedicated to Jeff Hill, who passed away November 6, 2014.  His final wishes were that people would SMILE and FORGIVE. You can read more of his story below.   A portion of the proceeds from this run will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education , and advocacy.

What: Complete a 5K and/or 10K! Set a goal for what your finishing time will be and dedicate your run/walk to Jeff and anyone else you’d like to dedicate it to.

When: Complete your race any time between September 1 and September 30, 2015.

*Medals will be shipped out in September 2015. 

Where:  You choose the course and you time yourself (you’ll report your finishing time to us).

Why:  To honor Jeff and help in any way we can to prevent suicide and bring a smile to people’s faces.

Jeff’s Story, shared by his friend Kenda.

Jeffrey Alan Joseph Hill was born December 24, 1983.  I met him when he was a just a tiny sweet boy, when my family and his family came together as friends.    

Jeff was the youngest of three boys.  The ultimate little brother.  He had an unbelievable amount of energy, was mischievous and full of fun.  He had a smile that would light up a room!  The years blur together but as Jeff grew older, his energy did not lessen and his smile did not dim.  He grew into a wonderful man, brother, uncle and friend.  He had a love of knowledge and learning and his desire to absorb information and debate anything and everything exceeded that of anyone I have ever known.  He was constantly planning his next move and no one around him ever doubted that he would do great things with his life.  He had a profound love for Trinidad (the island), where his mother is from, and visited there as often as possible.  He also had abundant love for his family, his many friends, music, finance, economics, politics and the good old Denver Broncos. 

His life made an impression on countless people.  He regularly talked about the importance of leading a positive life and tried to spread that attitude to everyone he came into contact with.  Notes to Jeff included kind words and great memories:

“Your passion for everything whether it be work, friends, family, or just having a damn good time was so contagious that it drew everyone around you in”


“Always smiling, always helping, always willing to lend a hand.  Jeff, this world is a better place because you were in it”

“Nothing stopped you from achieving your dreams.  You were a wealth of information and fascinated by learning.  I thought you would never be stopped”

Jeff left this place November 6, 2014.  We will never know what caused him to take his life.  What we hope, is that we can learn and grow from what he has taught us.  We also pray that we can somehow help others that may be going through what he went through in the last days, weeks, and months of his life.  Jeff always was and continues to be deeply loved by all of his friends and family.  We hope to live up to his last wishes and reminders: “forgive” and “smile”. 

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