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Alive & Running 5K for suicide prevention

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DUNKERTON (KWWL) -

The Third Annual Alive and Running 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention is coming up Saturday, June 16th in Dunkerton.

It's organized by Ryan Nesbit and Troy Belmer, who lost a close friend and classmate.

On January 8, 1991, Rodger Dos - then a sophomore at Dunkerton High School - took his own life.

"Nothing we expected. He was a close personal friend. He was the typical school kid. He was an athlete, he had good grades, the girlfriend, everything. Never thought this was going to happen," said Troy Belmer.

The Alive and Running event raises money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It also hopes to raise awareness about the resources available to help people, including a new, local support group.

"Since our event last year, we did start a support group that meets in Waverly the second Saturday of the month," said Belmer.

Organizers also gave two, $1000 college scholarships to Dunkerton and Aplington-Parkersburg students from race proceeds.

Troy Belmer hopes even more people show up this year to support the cause.

"We had a little more than 400 our first year, a little more than 700 last year, so we're really hoping to have a 1000," said Belmer.

To sign up, just click here.

If you've lost a loved one to suicide, you can also sign up for a Sky Lantern Liftoff Friday, June 15th.

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