Outrun the Stigma – October 2019
Outrun the Stigma is an annual 5k walk/10k run that was founded by students at the University of Calgary when Co-Founders Leah Shipton and Amy Li 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.
Since October 2013, Outrun the Stigma has brought together more than 1,600 students, community members, and volunteers to raise over $171,000 for Distress Centre Calgary. The 2019 event is happening on Sunday, October 6th and so far it has raised over $17,000!
In 2016, the student club initiative transitioned to a not-for-profit organization with the goal of expanding and hosting events in cities across Canada. In 2017, they held runs in Edmonton and Toronto for the first time.
If you’re unable to participate in Outrun the Stigma, show your support by donating to the Distress Centre team!