Outrun The Stigma

Outrun the Stigma is an annual 5k walk/10k run put on annually by University of Calgary students. They held the first run in October 2013 after they noticed a gap in the running culture for runs that raise mental health awareness. To remain grassroots, every Outrun the Stigma run event invites local community members to speak about their mental health experiences and hosts a Mental Health Expo involving local community organizations, businesses, and charities.

In May 2016 our student club initiative transitioned to a not-for-profit organization with the goal of expanding our online platform and hosting our annual event in cities and communities across Canada. Since 2013, Outrun the Stigma has brought together more than 1,600 students, community members, and volunteers to raise over $44,000 for Distress Centre Calgary.

The 4th annual Outrun the Stigma run/walk took place on October 16, 2016 at the University of Calgary. Learn more about their most successful event to date.

university of calgary distress centre on campus club puts on annual student run/walk for mental health
Photo courtesy of Outrun the Stigma.