The 2016 Warrior Run drew a record crowd, with nearly 2,800 runners and walkers making their way through the leafy streets of Mariemont.
The 5K was followed by a family-friendly event to raise awareness of mental illness and suicide prevention.
The Warrior Run: The Race for Life benefits Surviving the Teens is a Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center program, and also funds in-school mental health programs at five area colleges and four high schools.
Surviving the Teens has helped over 70,000 teens and their families facing the threats of mental illness. The program teaches students depression and suicide prevention, providing adaptive ways to cope with stressors, ways to connect and positively communicate with parents, how to help themselves or others who may be depressed or suicidal, and how to access referral sources. Surviving the Teens is now in more than 24 schools.
Established in 2008 as the James W. Miller Memorial Fund to honor race director Nancy Miller’s late husband, who died by suicide that year, the organization is now known as 1N5, referring to the statistic that one in five teens and adults suffer from mental illness.
The organization sponsors two events with one purpose, The Warrior Run and a dinner event called 1N5, A Night to Start the Conversation and Stop the Stigma.
Since 2008, 1N5 has raised more than $475,000 and reached 75,000 university students and 10,500 high school students.