Samaritans’ 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention took place on Saturday, September 26th in Artesani Park. More than 3,000 people joined us at Artesani Park to walk, run, or volunteer to prevent suicide. When you looked out at the crowds of teams, families and friends, you knew you are not alone. We ran for those we remember. We walked for those we loved. We came together to make a difference.

We’ve met our goal but you can still give! Every dollar raised for the 5K goes directly back to Samaritans’ lifesaving programs – programs which do come at a cost. We need your help to be here for everyone in need of a compassionate listener, a group of survivors that understands their pain, and education to prevent future tragedy. Click here to make a gift. Your gift will help us:

  • Support the launch of local crisis text support on the Massachusetts State-Wide Helpline, 877-870-HOPE(4673) new as of Thursday, October 1st!
  • Answering the crisis phone line in the wee hours of the night
  • Expanded community outreach and education to prevent suicide

We especially want to thank our top fundraisers for the amazing contributions they have made:

  • Top fundraising individual not on a team: Marsha Grollman raised $1,307.
  • Top fundraising individual on a team: Kara Hines of Katherine’s Pride raised $21,573.
  • Largest team: Christian’s Team, with 75 members

The top three fundraising teams:

  • Edward’s Team with $12,252
  • Kathy’s Team with $21,870
  • Katherine’s Pride with $27,178

View pictures of the 5K on our Facebook page at Samaritans Inc. (check back for more pictures throughout the week!). If you post your own photos, please tag us on Twitter and Instagram @Samaritanshope, and you can also email them to us. View the race results here.

If you attended the 5K, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the event. Please take a minute to answer this 5 question survey.

Event type: USA Track and Field sanctioned 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) cross-country run/walk along the Charles River, based at DCR’s Artesani Park, Soldier’s Field Road, for runners, joggers, walkers, of all ages. Families and teams welcome. Teams and individuals participating in memory of loved ones lost to suicide are highlighted during the event.

Festivities: Refreshments, Family fun festival & children’s activities, Giveaways, Remembering loved ones, Prizes for running and fundraising achievements for individuals and teams.

Purpose: Mobilize more than 3,000 event participants to raise $375,000 for Samaritans, a nonprofit agency dedicated to reducing the risk of suicide, the second leading cause of death for Massachusetts youth and the nation’s tenth leading cause of death for all ages.All proceeds help fund Samaritans’ life saving services, including our 24/7 Helplines, Community Education and Outreach, and Grief Support Services for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. These vital services are available locally to the families, friends and neighbors, free of charge. Samaritans answers calls from Greater Boston, MetroWest, the State Wide toll free number, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Sponsorship: Sponsoring the 5K will not only create goodwill, its also a smart business move. Click here to learn more about sponsorship benefits.

If you have any questions about joining us at the 5K, making a donation, sponsoring the event, or anything else 5K related, contact us via email or call Samaritans’ Development Department at 617-536-2460 x 5.

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Would you like to read stories from this year’s 5K? Then follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! If you are posting about the race yourself, be sure to use the hashtag #Samaritans5K and tag us @SamaritansHope when tweeting or posting on Instagram, and tag us in your 5K Facebook posts using @samaritansinc. Thank you!

2015 5K Sponsors

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Supporting Sponsors

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