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Natural Awakenings Richmond

SpeakUp5k for Mental Health

The sixth annual Dominion Payroll SpeakUp5k, presented by the Cameron K. Gallagher (CKG) Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Richmond, will be a race for all ages and levels on September 7 at Byrd Park. Starting at 9 a.m., the race incorporates bubbles, silly string, a musical “rave” tent and a remarkable section of large display boards with positive, inspiring quotes flanked by an overarching tunnel of crepe myrtle. The race is stroller-friendly and appropriate for all ages and running abilities. The CKG Foundation expects more than 4,000 participants.

Created by 16-year-old Cameron K. Gallagher, who died after finishing the Virginia Beach Shamrock Half Marathon in 2014, the race is intended to raise awareness and ease the stigma associated with anxiety, depression and mental health issues, especially in teens. Proceeds support the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, a place where Cameron received help and hope. CKG programs include school- and community-based workshops and events.