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Alive and Running 5K for Suicide Prevention

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DUNKERTON (KWWL) -

The annual Alive and Running 5K Run/Walk for suicide prevention is set for Saturday, June 16 in Dunkerton. 

More than 450 people participated in last year's first Alive and Running 5K in Dunkerton. The race was started for suicide prevention and awareness.

"My friend Ryan Nesbit and I started this last year because we lost a friend in high school to suicide and battled through it for several years and never really dealt with it and we decided it was time to talk about something that was always left quiet and no one ever wanted to talk about it," said Troy Belmer.

The race is Saturday, June 16th at 7:30 a.m. at the Dunkerton Gospel Hall at 301 Carroll Boulevard in Dunkerton.

"All the proceeds go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They organization uses the money for training and education," said Belmer.

Besides raising money for the AFSP, last year's Alive and Running 5K helped spur a new support group. The suicide support group meets the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to Noon at Heritage United Methodist Church in Waverly.

"To lose someone to suicide is one of those things you look back and if you'd know there's all kinds of warning signs and unfortunately you don't see it until it's too late. It's nice to have people to talk to who also feel helpless," said Belmer.

Troy Belmer hopes this race helps break the silence and gets people talking about suicide because that's where prevention begins.

In addition, on Friday night, June 15, there will be a Sky Lantern Liftoff Ceremony to remember lives lost to suicide.

To register for the race, click here.

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