3.17 miles vs 13 minutes & 7 seconds Suicide Awareness Virtual Run

Statistics say that every 13.7 minutes a person in the US commits suicide.  That fact impacted my life over 20 years ago this March when my senior year a friend that I cared for dearly took his life.  I and others close knew he struggled with depression, but the news was still unexpected.  I struggled with many emotions over the years related to this, anger, grief, depression, and finally acceptance & forgiveness.  No matter what I will never forget him, his laugh, and his hatred of cats (a friendly argument we had frequently). 

In my running I have become aware of many different runners and running groups on Facebook and on Twitter.  One runner that I admire and can relate in many ways to is the Driven Runner.  He and some of his family and friends started a virtual run to help raise funds for suicide awareness.  He himself shares through his page how he struggles with depression and how running has helped him win the battle against it.  I have made no secret that running has brought me relief from my depression and emotional woes, in fact it has for many runners, I am hardly unique. 


My more than a 5k 3.17 miles

So today I finished my 5 miles for my training and while doing it spent my time meditating not just on my friend, but the disease of depression.  I stopped at 3.17 miles to acknowledge not just my friends, but all those who have considered or attempted suicide.  It is a disease, just as deadly as heart disease, diabetes, and addiction.  The good news is that there is hope, there are people out there that care and want to help.  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is who the fundraiser is for as well as general awareness.  If you suffer from depression there is hope and there is help please reach out to a friend, family member, or call 1-800-273-8255.  This is just one of the numbers you can call for help a quick search on the internet will even give you some chats to use as well.  I can’t wait to get my t-shirt so I can start the conversation with others. If you want to check out the run on Fundly the link is https://fundly.com/driven-runner-suicide-awareness-virtual-run please consider checking it out and helping to raise awareness.  Out of the virtual runs I have done, this one is my favorite.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pamela Hernandez (@ThriveFit)
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 03:13:39

    It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. What a wonderful way to remember.


  2. Toni Church (@tonee78)
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 07:47:56

    great post. Depression is a serious issue and suicide is final, getting help is imperative.


  3. Suzanne Digre (@WorkoutNirvana)
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 11:21:37

    This is a great cause Jenn. I know you are a beautiful soul, and I’m sorry for your loss.


  4. sarahkerner
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 04:08:27

    Suicide is so hard to understand. Obviously the people who take that route don’t understand all the people they are impacting by making that decision, or they wouldn’t feel like that is their only option. This was a really nice way to remember your friend.


  5. shiramiller
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 04:45:27

    Great cause and what a wonderful way for you to honor the memory of your friend. Depression runs on my dad’s side of the family and raising awareness as you’ve done helps people suffering from it and the ones who love them.


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