Stay Connected 5K


Event Date

Sun, May 22, 2016


Watertown, NY


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5K Walk/Run - Individual

$15 $15 Closed

5K Walk/Run - Family or Team (up to 4)

$30 $30 Closed

About This Activity

**There is still time to register! Register IN-PERSON on Sunday, May 22! Registration opens at 9:00 am!**


In partnership with Volunteer Organizer, Julie Freeman, the Children’s Home of Jefferson County (CHJC) is excited to host its first “Stay Connected” Teen Suicide Prevention 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, May 22, 2016. The event will begin at the SoZo Teen Center located in the lower level of the Marcy Building, 167 Polk Street, in historic downtown Watertown. It will continue through area city streets to the halfway turnaround point in Thompson Park, ending back at the Teen Center. Event proceeds benefit CHJC’s Boys and Girls Club SoZo Teen Center.

Unique Event Tie-Dye Activity Geared to Helping Families “Stay Connected”…

The event’s focus will be on families “staying connected.” Several family oriented activities will coincide with the Walk/Run including an exciting tie-dye station where event participants may create their own tie-dye event T-shirt. This unique activity will give parents and children the opportunity to interact in a fun way, opening lines of communication and “staying connected.” Other family fun event activities will include face painting stations, balloon characters, and school bus and emergency vehicle viewings. The day will conclude with a “family picnic” for all participants including food and music. The SoZo Teen Center will also be open for tours and youth activities.

Julie Freeman, owner of the Mint Julep Spa and Salon in Watertown, was born and raised in the Watertown area. She was inspired to get involved in the community with a 5K event and “stay connected” after witnessing children dear to her heart struggling with bullying and suicidal thoughts. Knowing something needed to be done in the community to raise awareness on this important issue, Mrs. Freeman sought out the CHJC SoZo Teen Center—“a place where kids can be safe.”

Event Registration Now Open…

Registration for the event is now open on Participants may register as individuals for $15.00, or as a families or teams of up to four for $30.00. All participants registered by May 1, 2016 are guaranteed a “Stay Connected” 5K T-shirt that may be tie-dyed at the event.

Participants are encouraged to gather sponsorships from friends, families and co-workers. Prizes including family dinners from local restaurants, bowling outings and movie tickets, will be awarded based on total sponsorship dollars collected. Prizes will be offered at the $500.00, $750.00, and $1,000.00 or more levels. Participants may solicit donations using the event registration form or online at (To raise funds online, participants must be registered through Door prizes will also be awarded randomly during the event’s family picnic.

Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness Key…

Since 1960, the rate of teen suicides in the United States has tripled. Nearly 20% of American teens contemplate suicide each year. The “Stay Connected” Teen Suicide Prevention 5K Walk/Run will bring together our community’s youth and their families to raise awareness about teen suicide prevention, and connect those at risk to helpful resources. Prior to the start of the 5K Walk/Run, parents of children lost to the tragedy of suicide will share their personal stories with event participants.

One of CHJC’s most vital community based programs, the Boys and Girls Club SoZo Teen Center, offers area teens a free and safe drop-in facility where they are offered mentoring, life skills training, homework assistance, recreational outings, and daily snacks and meals. Funded through community donations and grants, the Center serves more than 350 teens annually. Additional information regarding the Boys and Girls Club SoZo Teen Center, and other vital community resources for teens and families, will be available at the event.  

Event Partner, Champion of Choices, Marc Mero, To Speak At Local Schools…

To raise additional awareness regarding teen suicide prevention, the “Stay Connected” 5K Walk/Run organizers are partnering with Champion of Choices, Inc. founder, Marc Mero. The inspirational speaker will address anti-bullying and teen suicide prevention at Community Night Sponsored by FX Caprara. The free community-wide presentation is open to the public and scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at General Brown Junior-Senior High School, Dexter, New York. Throughout the week of May 16th, Mr. Mero will also be visiting other area schools to spread youth awareness through engaging talks and workshops and “empower students to make positive choices.”

Sponsors Integral to Event Success…

CHJC’s inaugural “Stay Connected” 5K Walk/Run would not be possible without the generous support of our committed sponsors including FX Caprara Car Companies, Black River Heating and Plumbing, Davidson Auto Group, the Freeman Bus Corporation, Renzi Foodservice, Jefferson County Community Services, Samaritan Medical Center, Blue Mountain Spring Water, TUNES 92.5/104.5 FM, Cheney Tire, CiCi’s Pizza, Coldstone Creamery, and New Life Christian Church.

For more information on the “Stay Connected” Teen Suicide Prevention 5K Walk/Run, or to obtain a registration form, contact Elisabeth Kwaza at (315)777-9272 or e-mail 

Event details and schedule

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Registration and Tie-Dye Activity Begin at 9:00 am

5K Walk/Run Begins at 10:00 am

Family Picnic Lunch, Prize Drawings, Activities, and Music Begin at 11:30 am


$15 per person

$30 for a family or team of up to four


All participants registered by May 1 will receive a t-shirt to  tye-dye at the event!


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Please send completed registration, payment, and sponsorships to:

Children’s Home of Jefferson County

ATTN: Stay Connected 5K

P.O. Box 6550

Watertown, New York 13601

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