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Alive and Running 5K in Dunkerton for suicide prevention on June 15th

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DUNKERTON (KWWL) -

The Fourth Annual Alive and Running 5K for suicide prevention is coming up June 15th in Dunkerton.

The race was started by Troy Belmer and Ryan Nesbit. The two lost a classmate, Rodger Dos, to suicide.

"When we were sophomores in high school, we lost our best friend to suicide and that's what brought this all on. We decided we want to do something to raise awareness and bring it up in the community's eyes," said Troy Belmer.

In its first year in 2010, about 400 people participated in the 5K run/walk. This year, organizers hope for more than a thousand people to participate.

"People have definitely wanted something like this, and it just continues to grow and people are very thankful there's other people in the same situation and now they have a place they can go together and be around others who experienced the same kind of loss," said Belmer.

Troy Belmer said the goal is to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention as well as to offer and an opportunity for people who've experienced a similar loss to come together.

"Nobody likes to feel alone," said Belmer.

The night before the race, June 14th, there's a skylantern ceremony honoring those lost to suicide. Before the lanterns lift-off, a guest speaker will talk about her experience with suicide.

"The guest speaker is a woman by the name of Kathy Christensen who lost her daughter to suicide just a few years ago in Aplington-Parkersburg," said Belmer.

Part of the proceeds from the event go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. on June 15th and goes around Dunkerton.

The cost is $15 if you register by the end of the day on June 1st. The cost goes up by $10 after June 1st. To register, click here.

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