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Will you run to promote resiliency?

By 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | May 4, 2017

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The 59th Medical Wing will host its fifth annual 5K Run for Life event May 20 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Heritage Park; check-in opens at 7:30 a.m.
The purpose of this event is to bring awareness and prevention of suicide within the military community--not only active duty, but dependents as well.

“It is a time to remember our loved ones we've lost and a time to promote resiliency,” said Gina Ramirez, 59th Medical Wing mental health outreach and resiliency coordinator.

“This is a noncompetitive family event,” said Ramirez. “Come out and run/walk with your children, bring the jogging strollers and friendly pets.”

Before the run begins there will be a Mixx Fit warm-up session and following the run, the 359th Medical Group’s Physical Therapy Clinic will be leading a cool-down stretching session.
“This is the first time we will be hosting this event during the month of May,” said Ramirez. “Because this tragedy touches every month of the year, we will be focusing on it several times throughout 2017.”

Some of the most common causes of suicide are relationship problems, isolation, legal or financial issues and alcohol abuse. This 5K event is being held to encourage people to form new relationships and stay active, which can challenge suicidal behaviors.

This event will also include a resiliency fair.
“The resiliency fair will consist of 11 national, local and base organizations that come out to support our members and their families,” said Ramirez.

The challenges of suicide are very difficult for anyone to experience. The organizers behind the Run for Life initiative aim to show all branches of the military and their families that they are not alone and that the Joint Base San Antonio military community is there to support each other.
Runners can register at www.5KRunForLife.com. For more information, call the 59th Medical Wing at 652-2448.