FAIRMONT, WV – The Fairmont State University Forensic Science Program will host the second annual ‘Kickin it for Katy’ 5K run and walk on Saturday, April 29 on the University’s campus. All proceeds from the race will go to the Kaitlynn Towson Forensic Memorial Award to raise awareness around suicide prevention and benefitting Fairmont State Forensic Science students, according to a news release.
“We are so excited for the second annual Kickin it for Katy 5K run and walk and the Stomp out the Stigma event afterward,” said Forensic Science Program Coordinator Mark Flood. “These two events are a natural fit together as they both support the mission of suicide awareness and prevention, which is especially important in our college-age students. The scholarship money being raised is in memory and support of Katy’s legacy and will mean that these collaborative short-term events will have a longer-lasting impact.”
Race pre-registration has closed, but those interested in joining the race can still sign up for a registration fee of $25 until April 26. The registration fee goes up to $30 on the day of the race. Race registration and check-in will begin at 9 a.m. and the race will start at 10 a.m. on April 29.
“We are pleased to see the outpouring of support from this community and we are excited to watch Kickin it for Katy grow,” said Gina Dixon, the grandmother of Kaitlynn Towson. “Our family is proud that Katy’s name and story will be remembered and that we are spreading awareness.”
After the race participants and spectators are invited to join the ‘Stomp Out the Stigma’ celebration hosted by Falcon Wellness and Mental Health Services on the Falcon Center Quad. The celebration will have race awards, live music, food vendors, raffle prizes, a dunk tank and more.
“Fairmont State University Falcon Wellness and Mental Health Services is thrilled to host the second Stomp Out the Stigma event,” said Director of Student Health Chelsea Collins. “We want students to know that their mental health is our priority here at Fairmont State University. All supporters of mental wellness are invited to come and promote mental well-being. Students are not alone, we want them here with us to enjoy life.”
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Participant registration and the race route map are available at www.fairmontstate.edu/kickinitforkaty.
Health and wellness resources are available to Fairmont State students through the University’s Wellness and Mental Health Center. Consultations and appointments are available in-person in the Falcon Center or virtually. Students may also visit ulifeline.org/fairmontstate for online resources. In the event of a mental health emergency or crisis, students should contact 304-367-4357 or dial 911.
Additionally, if you or someone you know is considering suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can call 988 for the same services. West Virginians can also call 1-877-HELP304 or text 877-435-7304.