"The Happy Race"
10th Annual Runnin' to Beat the Blues
5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Centennial Park, Nashville
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME TO THE 2013 RACE! WITH OVER 600 REGISTRANTS AND 70 VOLUNTEERS, WE HAD GREAT TIME AND RAISED IMPORTANT AWARENESS OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
For official time results, visit nashvillestriders.com.
For some race photos, visit our Facebook page.
New this year: Fun tie-dye race shirts and more entertainment and activities for kids & adults! Also a Best Dressed award for "Happiest" Outfit!
What is Runnin’ to Beat the Blues?
Runnin’ to Beat the Blues is a 5K and 1 Mile run/walk held in Centennial Park every spring. The event is open to all ages and levels of athletes. Runnin’ emphasizes the importance of proactively caring for one’s mental health through physical activity.
Both courses are USATF certified and the 5K is included in the 2012-13 Nashville Striders Grand Prix Series.
Why should I participate?
- Physical activity is good for you! It helps keep your body and mind healthy. Studies indicate that exercise may help combat depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and other mental health issues.
- It’s for a good cause! Proceeds from Runnin’ directly support the important work of MHAMT, which is to connect those struggling with mental health problems to available services, provide vital educational and support services for those in Middle Tennessee, and advocate for affordable and accessible mental health care for all.
Where is the race?
The race start and finish is at the Events Shelter in Centennial Park, Nashville. View a map of the course here.
What time does it start?
6:15 am Registration Begins, 7:30 am 5K Run/Walk, 8:45 am 1 Mile Run/Walk, 9:00 am Awards. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your start time.
What happens if it rains?
Runnin' to Beat the Blues is a rain or shine event. However, we take your safety seriously and closely monitor severe weather. If the course is determined to be dangerous in the event of severe weather (i.e. lightning, tornados) at the race start time, a call will then be made to delay.
Are children allowed?
Absolutely! We recommend that very young children be accompanied on the course by a parent. Participants may be any age but anyone particpating must be officially registered. We ask that parents with strollers line up at the back of the line when starting the race. Children should never be left unaccompanied in the registration area.
What are the prizes & awards?
Fantastic prizes like cash for top race winners. Top Male & Female 5k finishers win $100 cash! Second and Third place 5k overall finishers also win cash and prizes. Top three overall in the 5K and 1 Mile win two tickets to see Vince Gill in concert at the Ryman!
5K – Top 3 Overall Male/Female: 1st-$100, 2nd-$50, 3rd-$25; Top 3 Masters Male/Female, Top 3 Age Group Male/Female (9 & under through 80+ in 5 yr increments)
1 Mile – Top 3 Overall Male/Female, Top 3 Masters Male/Female, Top 3 in Age Group Male/Female (18 & under in 3 yr increments, 19 & over through 80+ in 10 year increments).
"Happiest Outfit " - A special prize will be given to the participant who wears the "happiest" outfit! Come dressed in what makes you happy or causes you to smile (Please keep costumes tasteful and family-friendly).
Every participant receives a goodie bag with a t-shirt.
Race: Race Day
1 Mile $17
5K & 1 Mile $40
Download the registration form here
or register online here.
Help us promote this great event! Download a race flyer here and share it with your friends!
Running not your thing? You can still join us as a volunteer!
Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive the latest race updates!
Special thanks to these Runnin' sponsors:
Our thanks also to our generous in-kind donors:
The Athlete's House, Heritage Farms, Sodexo at Belmont,
Foothill Entertainment Group
See more Jammin' & Runnin' sponsors here.