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The Mental Health Network will host our Fourth Annual 5K Run/Walk for Mental Health on Saturday May 7th at Kingston Park in Chatham.

 "Kids Go The Extra Mile to End Stigma" Fun run.  This is a FREE event for all persons under 12 years of age! 

Go The Extra Mile to End Stigma event.  These two events will take place before the official race for those who would like to support the Mental Health Network for a shorter distance. (a loop around the park) 

Important Race Information

Thank you for your participation and support in this year's 4th Annual  Run for Mental Health event! We are excited for the 5K Walk/Run as we are having a record breaking year with over 400 registered participants.  In an effort to make things smoother for you, there are a few things you should know: 

1.)    Race Packet Pickup (this is where you will get your race bib and swag) will be held on:                     Friday, May 6th from 10am-6pm at The Mental Health Network of Chatham-Kent, 71 Raleigh St. Chatham, ON.  If you are unable to pick up your packet someone else can pick up your packet for you, as long as they have your confirmation from Race Roster.

2.)    Every pre-registered person will receive a reflective vest with bag, door prize ballet and of course the bling (your finishing medal at the end of race).

We have over 40 fabulous door prizes available to all participants.  When you receive your race packet, a ballot will be with it; please take it to the door prize area and deposit your ballot.  While you are on the race course we will be drawing for these prizes, so be sure to check back to see if you won.

Day of race packet pick up will be available at 8:30am.  Please make every effort to pick up your packet on the Friday, May 6th, as we have a record number of participants this year.

Event Day Schedule

8:30 am - Same Day Race Registrations – Packet Pickup

9:15am - Team Pictures

9:25am – Opening Remarks from the Executive Director, Kelly Gottschling, MHNCK

9:30am - Start: Kids Go The Extra Mile To End Stigma

9:30am – Start: Go The Extra Mile To End Stigma

9:55am – Warm Up Zone with The Health Plex

10:00 am – 5KM Walk/Run For Mental Health runners will leave the course first followed by the walkers.  If you are a walker please ensure you are behind the runners at the starting line!  


**There is no course time limit**

There is a water station on the route at the turn around point.

If you have pledges to turn in please look for the Pledge/Donation Table located under the pavilion at the park, Brenna and Martha will be there to help you out. 

We want to recognize your dedicated effort in preparing for and competing in the event, as well as commend you for the healthy lifestyle that you have committed to.  We hope you have a great experience and accomplish your goals!

 We look forward to seeing you again next year and in the years to come!

All proceeds will support programs, and Hope House, at the Mental Health Network.

For more information please call Jenny at 519-351-3100 or email

A  $100 cash prize will be issued to the walker, runner, or "Go The Extra Mile"   participant who raises the most in donations!

If you are collecting pledges please use the following pledge sheet link.


A 3M Reflective Running Vest, in a carring pouch will be given to all pre-registered runners/walkers!

 *Please pre-register by April 8 to guarantee your Swag!


Finisher medals (a new design this year) will be given to

all participants of the 5KM event!

Kids who participate in the

"Go The Extra Mile" event to End Stigma, will recieve a medal

with a special recognition award to the person who finishes first!

**Overall 1st place Male, Female, and Youth (under 18) finishers will recieve special recognition award!**

 And don't forget our Team Challenge!! Call Jenny for more details

Come and Join the FUN! 


Registration fees

Kids Going The Extra Mile to End Stigma Fun Run! Closed

12 and under FREE

  1. Free
    Jan 11 - May 4

Going The Extra Mile To End Stigma Closed

12 and over

  1. $10.00
    Jan 11 - May 4

Run / Walk 5K - (price will change automatically to $20.00 for Youth Participants-18 and Under) Closed

Registration closed
    1. Closed
      Jan 11 – Jan 14
    2. $20.00
      Jan 14 – Jan 15
    3. $35.00
      Jan 16 – Mar 31
    4. $40.00
      Apr 1 – May 4

Team Challenge

Run for Mental Health Team Challenge!

The Run For Mental Health has been a successful event in our community over the past few years and we would like to invite you to participate in our Team Challenge.  The Team Challenge is an activity designed for friendly competition, bringing awareness and working to dispel the stigma around mental illness.  Challenges such as this are successful with community support and promote teamwork and a healthier lifestyle.  It’s an opportunity to make overall wellness fun! 

Individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout the Chatham-Kent area are invited to enter their teams into the Team Challenge to share a fun day with friends and coworkers while showing support for the community. Everyone who finishes the 5KM walk or run will receive a medal, as well as a special recognition award for the largest team! What better reward than a little bling?

Start planning your Team Challenge today with the Run For Mental Health!  Be ready to start changing lives on May 7th, 2016. 

Reasons to Participate:

  • The possibilities for fun and teamwork are endless!  Example: each team can develop their own team t-shirts to promote their companies, show spirit and to have as a keepsake.
  • All proceeds from this event go directly to programs and services at The Mental Health Network of Chatham-Kent.  It is an excellent opportunity for your team to become engaged in community giving through sport.
  • Celebrate with your friends!  Group training runs are one way to have fun before race day.
  • Earn bragging rights! A little team spirit and camaraderie is never a bad thing! The team with the most participants will be awarded with a plaque.


  • Make your Run or Walk more meaningful by going the distance for The Mental Health Network of Chatham-Kent.  Come together as a team to raise money to support this great cause!  Your fundraising makes a difference! 
  • Need more incentive?  The runner or walker who raises the most in pledges will win $100.00!

For further details or question contact Jenny at

Top Fundraiser

$100  cash prize will be issued to the Walker, Runner, or "Go The Extra Mile" participant who raises the most in donations!

Congratulations to our 2015 winner

Lori Gunn!


Download a pledge sheet at or pick one up at

The Mental Health Network, 71 Raleigh St. Chatham, ON.

Race Day 5KM Route

Race Route Description and Map:

The route for the race starts in Kingston park and goes out the path turning left on Paxton, taking a right on orangewood, and running down to Gregory drive where it take a left. From there the route follows Gregory Dr. out to the Baldoon which is our turn around point. We make our way back the way we came except instead of turning left on Paxton we turn left to go down the Brown Drain path back to Paxton where we make a right and follow Paxton back to the path to re-enter the park and finish the loop around the park.


Can I Run with My Dog?

In recent days we have had some questions about bringing dogs to run in the race. Although we love our animal friends we feel it’s a liability and a tripping hazard to have dogs on the course.   

We thank you for your understanding with this matter.

Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Anonymous $925.00
2 Lawrence Gilhula $700.00
3 Anonymous $520.00

Top Teams


The Goon Squad

Raised: $1,121.00



Raised: $850.00


Matthew's Memory

Raised: $735.00

Top Fundraisers


Lori Gunn

Raised: $1,076.00


Mary Lou Kochanski

Raised: $1,065.00


Edward Bultje

Raised: $850.00

Event Schedule

  • May 7 8:30 AM EDT - Day of Registrations

  • May 7 9:15 AM EDT - Team Photos

  • May 7 9:25 AM EDT - Words from The Mental Health Network

  • May 7 9:30 AM EDT - Kids Go the Extra Mile To End Stigma Fun Run

  • May 7 9:35 AM EDT - Go the Extra Mile to End Stigma

  • May 7 9:55 AM EDT - Warm Up Zone

  • May 7 10:00 AM EDT - 5KM Walk/Run

Contact Information

Event Location

Chatham, Chatham-Kent, ON, Canada

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