Smile Run 2015 Results

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SMILE RUN RESULTS
5K Results
Name Minutes
1 Glenda Langton 21
2 Del Barton 22
3 amy hansen 22
4 Nic Brancaccio 24
5 Stacy Riggins 24
6 Matthew Rogers 24
7 Jeffery Wong 24.3
8 Crenly Frias 25
9 John Appoloney 25
10 Brian Smith 25.03
11 adam chandler 25.3
12 Brian Beard 25.53
13 kevyn mccarthy 26.30
14 nicole pompei 26.32
15 Louise Gramson 26.47
16 Makayla Cisneros 27
17 Stephanie Miller 27
18 Jessica Kwasny 27
19 Ruth Bartholomew 27.39
20 Emily Webster 27.8
21 Carole Diaz 28
22 Heather Johnson 28
23 Karen Lavancha 28
24 Laura Rucoba 28
25 Michelle Distler-Tovar 28
26 Lisa Undercofler 29
27 Kathy Parks 29
28 Rebecca Fox 29
29 Nathan Curtis 29
30 Kayla Wilson 29
31 Joshua Stafford 29.07
32 Jennifer Freeman 30
33 Pam Wood 30
34 Sierra Sardo 30
35 Debbi Spencer 30
36 kate neilly 30.35
37 Paul Strength 31
38 Lindy Anastis 31
39 Adriane Bennett 31
40 Caroline Janvier 32
41 Brandi Cockerton 32
42 Katrina Benning 32
43 Michael Montano 32
44 Debbie Sanderl 32
45 Brittain Rebuck 32
46 Diane Donaldson 32
47 Sharon Smith 32
48 Serena Dickerson 32
49 Melissa Bragg 32
50 Nicole Rucobaclark 32
51 Jordan Sage 32
52 Mary Davila 32
53 Cassandra Whitfield 32.21
54 Tabbatha Mitchell 32.3
55 Arlene Sardo 32.32
56 LaRue Mangum 32.43
57 Briana Schemm 33
58 Krista Gray 33
59 Mark Harrison 33
60 Christopher Solon 33
61 Emily Landrum 33
62 Elizabeth ballantyne 33.43
63 Nikki Rueth 34
64 Katie O’Quinn 34
65 David Bisbee 34
66 Daniel Shidiskis 34
67 Philip Ray 34
68 Misty Ray 34
69 Thomas gonzales 34
70 Michelle Neal 34
71 Yamilette Reyes-Lima 34
72 Rebecca ballantyne 34.23
73 Tom Delgado 34.53
74 Lanette Hobbs 35
75 Kathy Kozmin 35
76 Vivian Gabaldon 35
77 David Chong 35
78 Aneatria leason 35
79 Brianne Trotochaud 35
80 Laura Carraway 35
81 Alesha Ashley 35
82 Aaron Orr 35
83 Melinda Plucknette 35
84 Lillian Mathews 35
85 maureen Ziskovsky 35.40
86 Tricia Richmond 36
87 Debbie Lally 36
88 Tricia Rivera 36
89 Stephanie Woodrow 36
90 Susan Burford 36
91 Susan Coleman 36
92 Sharon Krupka 36
93 Sharon Krupka 36
94 Abigail Gottschalk 36.38
95 Jeffrey Conn 36.42
96 Ani Pier Mousseau 36.5
97 Cassandra whitfield 3632
98 Deanne Patterson 37
99 Amanda Hernandez 37
100 Brooke Mott 37
101 Gail Lozar 37
102 destiny smith 37
103 Tom Delgado 37
104 Lisa Odom 37
105 Norma Vasquez 37
106 Jason Bergman 37
107 Sonny St-Pierre 38
108 April Potter 38
109 Laura Renteria 38
110 Susie Baisden 38
111 Sharon Haussmann 38
112 Ethel Guerrero 38
113 Marco Sanchez 38
114 Swanya Burrow-Sanchez 38
115 Sandy Ohle 38
116 Gwendolyn Jiles 38
117 Roxie McBride 39
118 Andrea Dumas 39
119 Chasity Reed 39.29
120 Marilyn Wolff 39.39
121 Teresa Blackwell 40
122 Eleanor Smith 40
123 Breana Pogue 40
124 Linda Pogue 40
125 linda slobodnik 40
126 Liana Drake 40
127 Cheryl Reimer 40
128 Cesar Navarro 41
129 Ashley Cruitt 41.01
130 Victoria Thompson 42
131 Connie Strickland 42
132 Tina Appoloney 42
133 teresa mcdowell 42
134 Amber Mcfarland 43
135 Chris Degeyter 43
136 Fabiola Epperly 43
137 Susan Williams 43.08
138 Joy Linstrom 43.29
139 Maddie Brown 44
140 Jela Milenkovic 44
141 Genmarie Stiber 44.32
142 Ashleigh Singleton 44.34
143 Michelle Mangum 44.35
144 Beth Antoine 45
145 Michelle Phillips 45
146 virginia haberman 45
147 Julia Young 45
148 Angela Gaul 45
149 Tonya Dean 45
150 Rachel Carter 45
151 C Picaut 45
152 Linda Slobodnik 45
153 hannah mccarthy 45.0
154 Irene Toto 45.18
155 Sandra Hall 46
156 Colleen Jones 46
157 Dallas Millican 46.44
158 Renea Wise 47
159 Elizabeth Fleszewski 47
160 Amy Schreiner 47
161 shelly Gillaspie 47.53
162 Lula Carter 48
163 Debra Yergen 48
164 Adoralida Padilla 48
165 Lula Carter 48
166 MJ Cossel 48
167 Cindy Saltzman 48.25
168 Jennifer Watts 48.33
169 Laurie Nichols 49
170 ANNE MARIE MCPARTLIN 49
171 jennifer fraga 49
172 De Collie 49
173 Karen Westersund 49
174 Jennifer Beach 49
175 Laura Whitehorne 49
176 cari purcell 49.29
177 Tina Marshall 49.54
178 Amy Crew 50
179 Dee Ann Potter 50
180 Tracy Morin 50
181 Matt Brown 50
182 Matt Brown 50
183 Jerry Osterkamp 50
184 Grover Braxton 50
185 David Carey 50
186 cathy abb 50.59
187 Lindsey Dauby 51
188 Krystal Williams 51
189 Wanda Spragg 51
190 Nancy Golly 51
191 Tara Michielli 51
192 Amy Osterhout 51
193 Grace Powell 52
194 Julie Simpson 52
195 Sarah Downing 52
196 Colin Wright 52
197 Jess Lybbert 52.17
198 Susanna Goodman 52.31
199 Cinnamon Herrera 53
200 Pat Hamilton 53
201 Pamela Paris 53
202 Terri Shondeck 53
203 Pennie Mancuso 54
204 Marilyn Wolff 54.05
205 kenda scandura 54.30
206 Nora Housey 54.57
207 Cheryl Krystoff 55
208 Cheryl Krystoff 55
209 Anne McGrath 55
210 ANNETTE SCHIRO 56
211 Nancy Riviera 56
212 Julie Simpson 56
213 Marilyn Levinson 56
214 Neal Heilman 57
215 Pam Ellis-Phipps 57
216 Jamie McGinnis 57
217 Christina Sanchez 57
218 Jim S 57
219 Demetrius Bereolos 58
220 Keri Atwood 58
221 Shatone martin 60
222 Donna Baxley 60
223 Kenyetta Gray 60
224 Michelle Hill 60
225 Tana Miller 60
226 Tammy Waggoner 60
227 Shayna MacLarty 60
228 Sheila Rutherford 60
229 Debbie Claxton 60
230 Kristy Luchini 60
231 Joy Barron 63
232 Robbin Wilborn 63
233 Tonya Dean 63
234 Dana Hinton 63
235 Barbara Sisson 65
236 Laura Edgerton 65
237 Nicola Browne 65
238 AMY CISNEROS 70
239 Yolanda Toliver 70
240 Linda Kenworthy-Reynolds 72
241 Matt Van Durme 72
242 Lara Newman 72
243 Kimberly Longmire 75
244 Marielle Musick 75
245 Natalie Hull 78
246 karlie coons 80
247 Pat Horne 85
248 Kathy Batchelor 93
249 Ruth Stafford 93
250 James Horne 120
251 James Taylor 121
10K RESULTS
1 charlotte Parris 38
2 Nancy Wiseman 38
3 Tom Brown 39
4 Christy Kramer 39
5 Nic Brancaccio 45
6 Matthew Rogers 46
7 Jennifer Kotas 50
8 Louise Gramson 54.35
9 Courtenay Ward 55
10 Michelle Williams 55
11 Kevin Moore 55.23
12 Jill Van Mechelen 55.23
13 Sara Hnath 56
14 Crystale Bonjour 57
15 Susan Osborn 57
16 Kyle Boudreau 57
17 Kelly levey 58
18 MandyDenise Raymond 58
19 Kaitlin Erikson 58
20 michelle tomhave 58
21 Sharon Drummond 60
22 Ryan Hiltenbrand 60
23 Cheryl Finley 60
24 Brandi Cockerton 61
25 Adriane Bennett 61
26 Rebecca Fox 61
27 Kelly Swinyard 61
28 Emma West 61
29 Renata Mendes 61.41
30 Donna Rowe 62
31 Kelli Newberry 62
32 Frances Iturburua 62
33 Jenna Agatep 63
34 Dawn Silberman 64
35 Lynette Hendershot 64
36 Hannah Reeves 64
37 Amy Jo Sihto 64
38 Brandi Litzkow 65
39 Rebecca Long 66
40 Tara Gadarowski 67.13
41 Melissa Nairn 67.32
42 adrienna hill 68
43 Janet Sproule 68.5
44 Dawn Boone 69
45 N Ryan 69.30
46 Lisa Dauser 70
47 Lisa Franklin 70
48 Kelly Weisse 70
49 Wendy Morgan 71
50 Stuart Merida 72
51 Amanda Lewis 72
52 Anne Arendi 73
53 Steph Arcand 73
54 Brooke Mott 74
55 Tricia Rivera 74
56 Pete Rivera 74
57 Kara Syvret 74
58 Amy Brack Baker 75
59 Jennifer Jensen 75
60 Sallyann Bingham 75
61 Stephanie Machowski 76
62 Tim Fox 76
63 Kristine Villa 78
64 Sherri Swinden 79
65 Sinead McShane 80
66 Tametra Klosterman 80
67 Melissa Woodward 81
68 Tricia Rivera 81
69 Elizabeth Fleszewski 82
70 Fabiola Epperly 82
71 George Phillips 82
72 Lauren Gauger 84
73 Ashley Iannaci 84
74 Nicole Simpson 85
75 Shannon Hughes 85
76 Nicola Stokes 85
77 Teresa Blackwell 85
78 Angie Dunn 87
79 Cheryl Reimer 87
80 jennifer piraino 90
81 theresa rink 90
82 Lindsey Smiley 93
83 Kelly Smiley 93
84 Claire MacBride 97
85 Cesar Navarro 99
86 Karen Zorn 102
87 Kristen Pereira 105
88 Tessa Rinke 107
89 Marinda Miguel 108
90 Tiffany hawker 112
91 Jane Allard 114
92 Shayna MacLarty 120
93 Cheryl Krystoff 120
94 Keita Kazo 120
95 David Hamel-Smith 120
96 Joni Salazar 128
97 Judy Thomas 140

COMMENTS FROM PARTICIPANTS

Anne I started to learn how to run in the beginning of this year. Before that I did fitness walking and some group sport. I kind of hated running actually but fitness walking went boring for me, so …. :) My goal was to run in the end of running season at least 5 km. (and not to collaps during that :) ) I started to learn with 5k running program. But as my family members went to 10 km running event (look: http://www.tallinnmarathon.ee/index.php?id=1&lang=EN) , I changed my program somewhere in the middle to 10 k program (they were actually quite similar) and took goal to run first time in my life 10 km. Yes, first time ever. That was nice sunny day, not very hot but not cold either. A lot of people participated. We ran on the streets and by the sea and in old town (Tallinn have very nice and interesting middle age old town). I could not run all the time and walked a little in the end but mostly I did run ! And when I saw finish line (maybe 300 m before finish), I started to gave everything I had left. That was real fun :D.
Susan I ran this in memory of a family friend. You never know when all it would take is a “Smile” or a few kinds words to make such a difference in someone else’s day /life. Yes, there are those that can hide their struggles, so always speak to someone if you are feeling overwhelmed. Life is precious! :)
Nikki Was a beautiful day :-)
Jenna This past May, my friend Patricia “Tre” Stiglianese passed away. Tre was one of the most loving, unique, and genuinely wonderful people I have ever known. In honor of her memory, I ran the Smile Run on September 27th along West End in New York, New York. I had never run a 10k before, but I knew it would be difficult. By mile 4, I contemplated giving up, but on the side of the road I had stumbled upon a stalk of sunflowers, the only one in the vicinity. Tre’s favorite flower was the sunflower and I took it as a sign to press forward and complete the run. Not only was it an accomplishment to reach the finish line with a PR of 1:03, it felt great running in honor of Tre and running for a cure.
Marilyn A lovely Sunday afternoon walk with my husband through our neighborhood including stopping by the local Octoberfest – hence the slow time while we pursued all the stalls. Certainly made us smile!
Neal We walked in memory of our friend Blake.
Pam We walked in memory of our friend Blake.
Claire I ran for my cousin Patrick who committed suicide in August 2014. This distance was a challenge for me because I am only used to running 5K but I pushed through. <3
N A great run, with a great running partner!
Caroline I loveeeee too run!!
Sonny I like to run! Was very graceful
Caroline Great experience!
Beth What an awesome day and an awesome cause!! So much fun! :-)
Kelly 1 year ago, my sister was in a dark place and feeling very alone. She made a decision that ultimately could have resulted in her not being around today. Fortunately, God had different plans for her. Today she completed her first 10k in the pouring rain and she killed it. She’s accomplished so much in this last year and I hope she knows how much I love her and how proud I am of her everyday.
Brandi I was THRILLED to see this race pop up on my Facebook! My dad died 19 years by suicide and I love having these kinds of opportunities to honor him. (I took a picture with his picture after the run) I feel like we got to do the 10km together : ) My best buddy Dan and I did the 5km together and it was his first full non-stop run so I am excited he’s going to get a medal for it too! It was a gorgeous fall day and we kicked some leaves around as we ran. I enjoyed everything about participating in this race and we’re going to have a photo op moment when our medals arrive : ) Thank you for doing this, as a survivor it means the world to me to have this chance. Brandi
Marilyn Great to be able to get out and participate in this one! A run around my neighborhood with a fellow Moonjogger. Beautiful weather. First part of a longer, (7km) run getting back into it after the summer.
Amy I took this opportunity for reflect on many others’ journeys as well as mine and how far I know that we have come and are going. I choose a trail that was beginning to show signs of fall. I did not run. Instead, I chose a steady pace using that time to reflect upon struggles and successes. Ecclesiastes 3 3 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Roxie 10 months ago my son took his life. It was devastating to say the least. Jeremy struggled with depression from a young age. He was a defender of anyone with disabilities, that was his passion. He was the best son, Grandson, cousin, co-worker and friend that anyone could ask for. He taught us all how to become better individuals. The void he left is at times unbearable. The moment he made the decision to end his life is the moment that we all realized how precious life is and how our actions affect everyone – every day! He was the oldest of the “cousins” and was everyone’s favorite. He was the “go to” guy in the family as well as his friends. We’ll never know what caused him to take such drastic matters into his own hands. We do know that depression is not something that you can just get over. We love and miss Jeremy every day and make a conscious effort to make someone smile every day! I ran this 5K in honor of Jeremy Blotter, my son, my hero and my best friend. My friend Mindi Pulsipher ran with me. I had mapped out the route from my house to the cemetery where Jer was laid to rest. His Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends wanted to join in … they weren’t able to do a 5K. It is exactly 1 mile from my house to the cemetery. They all walked in honor of him! What a humbling site. It was a perfect Saturday evening. Fall is in the air and the season is changing right before our eyes. I had “Smile” balloons at the cemetery and we wrote messages to Jeremy. It was awesome to see them all fly away … healing experience for some. We are all so aware of Suicide and pay extra attention to everyone now. I have been asked if I was going to do this again next September … FOR SURE! Thank you for putting this virtual run out there. I’m looking forward to next years “Smile Run” … please continue it as the years go by! Jeremy Reed Blotter 12/26/1984 11/04/2014
Kimberly Picked a different trail than I am used to for the last part of my race, it was mostly up hill. It was pretty though but I think I’ll stick to my regular trail. My regular trail is gorgeous trees everyone and there was a wonderful breeze. I ran with my puppies who love being outside.
Michelle First 5k I have run since coming off a torn calf muscle!
April I ran by myself. I ran for my brother who committed suicide almost 10 yrs ago and a friend I just recently lost. I chose a course that is close to my house and a very serene run. There are tons of trees and I ran as the sun was rising on a Saturday morning.
Tracy I took a little extension on my lunch break for this one. I headed out solo. My boss recommended the perfect route to try with low traffic & easy terrain. It was warmer than I had expected & I was a little winded, but overall it felt amazing to be active. I feel so proud & accomplished. I am going to start walk/jogging at lunch regularly. Thank you.
Lynette It was not my best run, as I was running with a bad shoulder and it threw my balance off and ended up causing some pretty bad pain in my right hip. But, I kept running. I was running for eveyone I know, and knew who has been affected by suicide, including myself. Too many people. Thank you for the opportunity.
Kathy I decided to register for a race to get back in the habit of running regularly. It was fate that the first race I clicked on was the Smile Race for suicide prevention. My lovely daughter Colleen took her life 19 years ago, so I ran for Colleen and she pushed her ol’ Mom across the finish line.
virginia A walk/ran with my friends as they helped to support me in honoring the loss of my sister.
Shatone I walked this for my mom and my cousin
Sharon Suicide prevention is close to my heart. In 2012 I first experienced the overwhelming despair that led to an attempt. I was hospitalized and received a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder. I’ve worked really hard to ensure my mental health and I have a wonderful support system. I still have set backs but I’ve been able to use the skills I’ve learned to ride it out. Thank you for doing this run. It is special and raises awareness. Not all of us are “crazy”. We are functional and battling daily. I wish peace and love and joy to all my fellow strugglers. We can do this!!
Ani Pier 5k under the rain.. Hill and car splashes Lots a mixed emotion about why I was running this.. People need to talk… Thank you for this event
Vivian Perfect San Diego evening run.
Rebecca I ran with two of my girlfriends. This was the worst 6 miles I have ever ran, I was in pain the whole time with a narly side cramp and severe it band pain but I looked at is as the people that I was running for suffered far worse that I was at that moment. I ran for Aunt NeNe, may she rest in peace. I miss her terribly.
ANNE MARIE It was a walk/run experience as I’m out of shape! Also I did not take any photos. But best of luck in the fundraising for a great cause.
Hannah I wanted to thank you for this run. I passed it over, until I saw what it was for. It may sound selfish, but I did this run for me. I am a 3 time suicide survivor; running has helped so much on that front, I can’t even explain in words. It was also partially for my dad. So many times when he was ready to end it, I talked him down, even though I was on the ledge myself. This was one of my longer runs, so in a sense, I was pushing myself through, just like I constantly push myself through life. I was giving out around mile 5.5, but even when I didn’t think I could, I made it. Such is life.
Grace Had a blast on first virtual run!! Ran for friend who committed suicide in February. Ran on treadmill as it was 90* and muggy! :)
Debra We all make a difference in someone’s life every day. Participating in events like this is a reminder of that!
Shannon I am a mental health professional and work with suicidal patients daily. I have personal and professional experience with loosing people to suicide. Next year I am hoping to organize a run with my staff. Thank you for doing this! This is really important work.
Julia I am registering my 9 yr old daughter who does t believe in herself. I found moonjoggers and thought what an amazing program for her to do monthly. She is super excited about comparing her results each race!! Thank you
Nancy Did this one on my own, without friends so no pictures this time. Did have an enjoyable walk.
Kristen Very challenging due to warm weather and no breeze.
Ashleigh My little sister, Haleigh, and I did this run in Albuquerque. Our older brother, Charlie, took his life in 2012, after completing two tours on Afghanistan. It was a beautiful day to keep a memory alive! Running through the mountains was a little challenging, especially since most of the trail was sand. But we did it nonetheless! RIP Bubba.
David Had a great day for a run at the end of September. 82 and sunny in the upper Midwest!
Lindsey I ran by myself. I chose to run out in Northville because I had another 5k event goig on that day, so I ran their course twice. Seemed like this was for a great cause so I wanted to be able to participate.
De I did this run for my nieces who lost their father, for my sister-in-law who lost her son, and for my son-in-law who lost his uncle.
Gail I ran for myself. I am a suicide survivor. I had a choice and I chose to live. I run to remember who I am and where I have been.
Courtenay I ran for my Uncle. I ran in Washington, DC when the Pope was visiting. The weather was beautiful.
Dawn This was my first 10K, and I trained hard to having the training completed by the end of September. My daughter attempted suicide in April 2014, so I ran in her honor. I am in the US and ran via Skype with my running partner from the UK. It was emotional and so very rewarding. Can’t wait to do the next one. Just started training for a half marathon this morning!
Kelly 10 Trail run!! Awesome fall run!!
Lindy This race was for a really great cause and the medal is awesome!!
Krystal Never feel like you are trapped and have no way out. You’ll always have someone in your corner.
Lisa I completed the smile run in honor of my younger brother Aaron Gutierrez, who took his own life a year ago. He was 25 years old and left this world too young. Aaron was the most loving, caring, sensitive person I have ever known. He loved people so deeply and always wore his heart on his sleeve. He had the most beautiful smile. There is not a day that goes by where I do not think about him or miss him. Aaron I love you and I hope that my participation in this run can help someone who is can see no other way out of their darkness. Love you always & forever.
Donna In honor of the 22 veterans who commit suicide a month.
George In December of 2014, my grandmother (who raised me) gave in to her anxiety and depression and took her own life. This turned my family’s world upside down. This run was dedicated to her; I ran for the both of us.
Amy Jo I ran in memory of my sweet Uncle Bob and to spread suicide awareness.
Amber I ran for my cousin josh ! A young living son father brother cousin and friend ! Rip I ran with my Jessica and we did the clover preserve extended trail! Beautiful pond birds and geese and nature ! It was fun
Keita I ran with my friend Raul today and I’d like to say it was a run that was well worth it. I wanted to say that our footsteps that we left behind during our run will be left as mark of legacy of ones who passed away and mark of referring pathway to contribute to ones who are still alive.
David 7 of us hiked 10k in Barbados for Suicide Prevention Month and in memory of Jeff Hill. Was an amazing experience!
Susanna Love walking and earning medals
AMY I really ENJOYED THIS CHALLENGE. IT HAS INSPIRED ME TO GET TO THE GYM MORE. I AM ALSO SIGNING UP FOR THE MONTHLY VIRTUAL RUNS TO WORK ON IMPROVING MY TIME :) THX
Elizabeth
Adriane I’m really happy that I found this virtual race. Going through tough times throughout my life I under what a struggle life can be and understand why people feel this way. It’s a battle for many. I ran for myself and I chose to run where I did because there is such beauty by the bay and at the lake. Going to these places puts a smile on my face and I know many others as well. Just seeing the beautiful creations God has made makes me feel truly blessed to be able to run and enjoy such beauty. I’m so thrilled to be apart of this race & can’t wait for next years Smile Run!
Melissa I loved this run and I completed with a very close friend. Run was completed on a beautiful cloudy morning at the top of the Scenic Mountain continued down and then through the Comanche Trail Park and ending back at the bottom of the mountain. I dedicate this run in memory of a good friend, Joseph Gist. Joseph was a great guy, with lots of life and very well loved by his friends and family and his wife. This is a run I would love to continue doing each year. This to me is a way to show everyone that Suicide is real. We lose those we love so unexpectedly and way too soon.
Susan I run for Celtan, I ran a paved trail that circled two towns. The weather was perfect 60 degree morning and I saw the sunrise!
Diane Our group of running ladies and two daughters (TEAM ROAR) ran on Wed Sept 23 at the track where our sons have football practice. We found this race online, thought it a worthy cause and decided to participate. My daughter and I both suffer from depression and anxiety and this hits close to home. God bless everyone that participated!
Sierra I ran with my mommy, her friends, and my friend Elizabeth! We had a lot of fun running while my brother practiced football. It was really nice to be a part of Team Roar to help raise awareness for depression and suicide prevention
Arlene We started running together to prove that we could.. RUN! Now we run together for a purpose. Tonight, Team Roar, banded together to do our part in bringing awareness to a silent epidemic- suicide. It is an eerie feeling, tonight, under an almost full yellow moon that we run together to bring light to something tragic and often preventable. We chose to run while our sons/brothers were having their football practice as teen depression and suicide is on the rise. “…if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be. Because I promise you, there’re enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there.” You inspire us, Zelda (Williams)
Elizabeth I had so much fun running with the mummies and the my friend.
Debbie I ran for my brother Sean who committed suicide in 2011. I’d run a thousand miles if it would bring him back :0)
maureen I did this in honor of those posting on fb about friends that have or attempted suicide. Mainly for a friend’s daughter who was very close. Fortunately she had access to resources. She is now a thriving young gal and I’m super proud of her.
Cheryl Cloudy and very windy day along Lake Michigan. 20-25mph sustained winds. Sun came out at the end! Woohoo!!!
Emma I did a relay leg of the Chesterfield (UK) marathon. My leg was 6.52 miles and it was in aid of kids and cancer. Our total time for the 26.2 miles was 4:02.
Janet Ran with my PT for the first time today and challenged myself to run 10k for the first time. It was a gorgeous, sunny day running by the lough shore. There was a nice breeze and it was nice to have company for a change. I usually run solo. A very enjoyable run.
Tom I ran 6.2 miles on the rail trail in Pennsylvania
Steph Today’s “SMILE” run was a sign for me to start running again! Have a project of my own called Steph’s Operation SMILE and seeing this pop up in my news feed was meant to be :). Having lost family and friends to suicide was even MORE of a reason to run for such a worthy cause. Today’s run was in honor of Shannon and Nancy ❤️ and I couldn’t have run it with a better person by my side…..thanks Nicole xo
Serena I love the virtual runs for charity. Not always can you get to an event on someone else’s time. So these runs are great to raise money and awareness. Sharon Smith and I ran this one together on a Sunday evening. The weather was perfect and we utilized our city county park. Thank you for raising awareness for different charities.
Tina I walked/ran for my mother and a couple of friends who suffer from depression. I am not equipped to deal with their struggles, so I hope by participating in this 5k there will be some breakthrough in how to treat and help those that suffer from depression and who feel that suicide is the only option or remedy. I ran by myself on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning on a local middle school track. Very quiet and peaceful. I hope that those who are contemplating suicide can find that same quiet and peace within themselves and find that their life is worth living.
Nicola Great Event!! happy to support!
Marielle She walked! Beautiful day! We do a big hill at first and then it’s flat and downhill at the end.
Brian Ran our GTS Livestrong 5K this morning. The gentleman on my right is Iram Leon, brain cancer survivor and winner of today’s event. Thank you for hosting the Smile Run 2015.
Connie I ran this 5k in honor of my Brother who committed suicide after his tour in the Vietnam War. He was a helicopter pilot for the Army.
theresa Ran for my friend Dale whom is dying of cancer and for his wife Joann. Favorite thing about the event was getting to see the last runner come in.
Rebecca I run to spend time with myself, to escape, to leave the days stresses behind and know that I exist by my breaths and footfalls. I run for freedom
Robbin My daughter (fellow moonjogger) and I decided to do the trail at the house for this one.
Stephanie Great weather, and a great run overall! I ran out in my neighborhood, which is where I usually like to log my miles. My dog and I like to enjoy the scenery and have a 3-5 mile loop that we run. Just a practice run for the marathon I am running, but nice to have a purpose running. I just run for me, and my dog. It’s just about us, that’s the best part.
Susan I dedicated the first 5K of the Surftown Half Marathon In Westerly, RI to my old friend and neighbor, Darrin Freeman. Darrin took his own life last November, and left his sister, Jennifer, very distraught and saddened. The course was beautiful and the race support was amazing. I snapped a picture just before the end of the first 5K. So sorry you felt so empty, Darrin. Hoping you are truly resting in peace.
Liana Thanks for the opportunity to participate! Glad I could help.
Emily As a suicide survivor this race cause was special to me. It’s the second suicide prevention/awareness race I have done this month. My only comment would be the medal while awesome isn’t quite right for the cause in my opinion. Often times people who battle depression are told to just be happy…. and smile. If only it were that easy then people wouldn’t be depressed and wouldn’t commit suicide. I get the idea so to speak but it may not be the best “message” to send with this choice of medal. Just my two cents.
Stuart I ran the 10k along with my Disney 10k and half marathon.
Laura After reading the story behind the Smile Run I could not think of a better way to continue to challenge myself to keep going with my running. Every life matters and every person has a wonderful value to add into this world. I want them to know they are not alone and help even if it is just a smile is always there. I ran today for some friends and coworkers who have or are struggling with depression and sometimes have a hard time finding the will to live. We are all here together and there are too many lives stopped short. The louder are voices are with support the more we can make a difference together. Keep on smiling!
Grover I wasn’t going to run. I am still “training” for 5k’s. Then a co worker committed suicide and it hit home. I had the conversation about it with my wife and it resurfaced a dark time in my life when I felt like i couldn’t get any lower and i was ready to commit suicide. I had a plan and everything .It was going to be on my birthday and in my mind I was going to Join ” the 27 Club” The night before my wife went above and beyond to make me feel special and appreciated. We don’t have any children and I am an only child, I have done plenty of things to feel accomplished about. That next day I quit my job and started my wellness group in hopes of helping people who struggle a similar silent fight. This one’s for Verb.
Heather This was a 5K PR for me at 27:44 from a local race to benefit the local animal shelter.
Stephanie I did a run along the beach, and reflected on the value of life. Many people are unaware of their value to others, and I believe that if we just show love to everyone, and genuinely care for everyone in your life, then many people would be more willing to open up. Suicide is not something to be ashamed that you think about. I’m sure everyone has had the thought come across their mind once or twice. I believe that suicide needs to be something that people openly talk about. That is why I chose to do this challenge.
Andrea Having lost many friends to suicide and having dealt with depression myself for half my lifetime, I find this to be an excellent cause and I’m always happy to help out whenever I can.
Tom I dedicated the All Natural Far Out 5K at this years Run Woodstock event at Hell Creek Ranch to SPC Christopher Hodges. I honestly believe if he had the opportunity to experience the positive energy of three days of peace, love and running, he would still be here today. This particular race seemed so appropriate because of the laid back nature of it. Couldn’t send any pics of this run because that wouldn’t be polite but I will be sending some pics of the overall event as I was there for the weekend and done the Hippie Half, became a Yoga Freak, Hippie Hike to Hell and the Free Love 5 mile. I would encourage anyone if they get the chance…just do it, Woodstock is not so much an event but a state of mind.
Keri 5k for Suicide Prevention Not bad since I had a car accident 4 days ago. Lol ‪#‎smilerun2015‬ ‪#‎5k‬ ‪#‎suicideprevention‬ ‪#‎moonjoggers‬ ‪#‎september‬
Tammy Natalie Hull and I ran/walked for Lindsay Cornish and her husband Ben.
Susan First walk/run for me in awhile and it felt great to get back out there. :)
Michelle Running in memory of my Dad, who took his own life last year. Hope this helps to raise money and awareness for this charity, to help prevent more suicides and support bereaved families.
Amy I ran 12 miles in 1:53:08 today. This was for all of my friends and their families who have lost loved ones to suicide. My Sunday course is beautiful and peaceful, takes your soul miles away! May all that have gone never be forgotten. They are in our hearts forever!
Sharon This was my first 5k and I was so happy to run it with my husband. I think I may have to do this again.
Sharon This was my first 5k and I was so happy to be able to run with my husband. We just wanted to finish and I was pleasantly surprised when I won my age division. I think I may just have to sign up for another!
Amanda I ran it with Dorothy Allen. It was a beautiful morning to run here in Arkansas.
Shayna I ran around trails while my husband rallied me on from his bicycle. It was wonderful.
Sallyann I run to ensure that my depression does not get the better of me. I run to ensure that I am looking after my mental and physical well being. I run for me.
Tara The Smile Run Event 2015 presented itself shortly after I lost a friend. She didn’t take her own life, but our world is in a deficit without her presence, her love, her smiles & the smiles she brought out in others. Losing her reminded me to love harder, smile more & to bring out others’ smiles! I’ve lost loved ones to suicide, and the suicide stats are outrageous & alarming! I feel passionately about movements that support suicide prevention awareness! I had not run a 10k or 6mis straight ever & had actually struggled to run 2miles recently within a new climate, so this run was physically challenging for me. I ran it in memory of my friend Tanya, my friend Greg, my father and in honor of awareness. I ran it against the pain that haunts too many in believing the only way to stop the pain, is to end their life. I ran thru the physical challenges & embraced my emotions, remembering my friend who had a knack for whacking me in the head with any volleyball anytime the three of us were together, hearing my sarcastic & witty comedian of a friend with one of the largest hearts I’ve known, for the love my father’s friend Julie has for him & against the struggle of emotional despair. I ran for love! For smiles! For awareness! For hope! For anyone, anywhere that could be affected somehow directly or indirectly. Thank you for Smile Run 2015!!
michelle I am home visiting Nebraska from Pennsylvania. I always look forward to running or biking around Lincoln and the wonderful trails. I love the heat and seeing how much I can still push through the wind!!! Whenever I go for a run, I am delighted to still be out. I love it. I ran for Jeff. I had just read the Burn Journals (true story) about a 14 year old boy that tried to kill himself by dowsing his robe in gasoline and setting it on fire. (amazing read/he survived) Thank you for letting me be part of this experience! God bless his family…..
Stephanie Great time
Marilyn I was coming back from Atlanta and noticed that they actually encourage walking between the concourses instead of using the train or the moving sidewalk. Since I had a flight delay due to a weather groundstop in Chicago I took the opportunity to do my SMILE walk yesterday (from Concourse A to F twice). A better use of my time than fretting about when my flight would go out
Michelle I ran for my mom who died from suicide 9 years ago.
Colin Hot, muggy day — odd for September around here! But, done is done!
Jane Trail Run at Betasso Preserve, Boulder, Colorado. Actually did a total of 7 miles, my longest run yet.
Tametra I ran for ALL the Soldiers and Veterans that commit suicide.
Emily This run is dedicated to the memory of Mike Solon whom lost his life one year ago today. Your dedication to the children at your Elementary will never be forgotten. I ran this race with Mike’s brother, Chris at a park near the Maumee River. If you are looking for a dedication for next years virtual race, please consider hearing Mike’s story as he was an elementary school principal. I would be happy to provide information if interested. Lauer_emily@yahoo.com
Aaron Flooded creekbanks into the trail Two weary runners did travail ‘Gainst steep and muddy reroute Why oh why did I eat that sauerkraut?
Sheila Walked/ran with my buddy Debbie! We’re not not fast but we did it and did it together! Just like in our everyday lives we know that we have a friend in each other that will help us and push us to do better! Suicide may stop the pain for one person but it causes so much for so many others I could never imagine doing that to my buddy she keeps me going and I like to think I keep her going! So this walk was for all my peeps that are having a hard time with life to let them know find that one person go out walk talk enjoy the scenery. life can be beautiful it’s not going to be every day but even with one friend it Could be! I had a great time doing this today cleared my head and sometimes we all need that!
Debbie Beautiful morning for a 5k in Corydon Indiana !!!!
Karen My first 10K with my Sister and fellow moonjogger!!!
amy I choose to run at my gym, because they have a full movie theater screen and while running, the time passed quickly and I will be doing more virtual runs both while watching a move and outdoors. Thank you!!
Nicole I ran the race with my mom and although she left me in the dust it was a lot of fun.
Laura My daughter and I got up early and ran it together out on the roads by our house.
Nathan Running for a 16 month old with terminal cancer. #izzystrong
Kelly I ran a 10k this morning in memory of my brother, Chad. Yesterday (9/4) would have been his 37th birthday, he ended his life 6/17/13. I run alone, but I like to think he is somewhere cheering me on.
Judy On September 4, 2015, my husband and I walked 7 miles in memory of our son, Nathan, who died by suicide on September 4, 2014. He was just shy of his 30th birthday. There was nothing significant about the 7 miles other than there were places I wanted to make sure we went, so that’s how the route ended up being 7 miles. Our route was in the city. We chose our route to include some of our son’s old stomping grounds; friends’ houses, schools, parks, fast food joint he frequented, where we used to live when he was very little, etc. We took a lot of photos of these places that were a part of our son’s life and we enjoyed a leisurely pace as we reflected on our son’s life. The day we chose to do our walk was the first anniversary of our son’s death, so walking today was a healthy way to spend part of our day. Knowing I had somethings planned for this dreaded first anniversary helped to take some of the sting away from this day and add some good memories. It was a very hot and humid day. My husband wore a backpack with a couple of protein bars and some water. His back was saturated when we got home. Thank you for this healing opportunity.
Tim I ran around St. Louis’ beautiful Forest Park just before and during sunrise. Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the nation and the site of the 1904 World’s Fair, as well as the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Science Center, and world-famous St. Louis Zoo. I chose my route to include a long, slow grade going south along Skinker Boulevard, from Lindell to Clayton Road, but there were many shorter, steeper, and curvier hills after conquering that one. One highlight was the smell of elephants as I rounded a corner around the zoo–it reminded me of the smell of a newly oiled baseball glove. Toward the end of the route I ventured off the designated biking/jogging path to run directly along Kingshighway and back down Lindell to my starting point. It was an amazing run and my longest to date as I train for a half-marathon next month.
Jordan I ran for my fiancé Jesse, who committed suicide October 2014. He was the most beautiful person I have ever met, and miss him more and more every day.
Chris This was my first 5K run ever. I am still in Week 7 of C25K but wanted to do my first run and support a good cause.
Melinda I ran by myself for this event. It is the first 5k I’ve participated in. I recently started running and I am a little bit apprehensive about running in a “live” 5k with thousands of other people, since I run a little bit slow. I wanted to run this 5k because my best friend, Jase, committed suicide on January 30th of this year. I chose a course near my house, it goes through the woods and next to a canal, it’s peaceful and it is on a blocked off road so there are not any distractions or cars driving by. I was really excited for this 5k because I want to continue doing live and virtual ones. I was hoping to have a real race bib mailed to me with my medal but unfortunately I did not find out about this not being the case until after I paid, so I am hoping the medal is at least an actual medal.
Michelle This was for my brother. “In the arms of the Angels”. Beautiful Rainy Run!
Kayla My goal was to break a 30 minute 5k. And I was going to run all month till I did. I tried the run on the 1st but my time was 30 mins.& 8 secs. But no that wasn’t my goal so I tried again the 3rd and Whoo-hoo finally beat my goal! I was very happy. I had a head cold but that didn’t stop me, I was determined to do this! I had fun. Thanks for the opportunity to race with yall. The medal is awesome! Now it’s time to set a new goal to break! :-)
Nancy I was blessed to Run my first Virtual Run with my Son. He made it special by understand my “Why” and how important it is to help others make a difference in the world we would like to see. .
Debbi Did with with my running group. Training run for my 1/2marathon. Had lots of fun, great route, lots of sweat, but most of all lots of smiles.
Yamilette Great cause!
Pete It was great to be able to do it at my own time, based on my schedule.
MJ Partly cloudy, and I ran across a junior high after-school running practice! It was so great to see those kids run, and I tried to encourage them with my smile. I was so glad to get out on the trail, even if it was 90+ degrees.
Lillian What an amazing event. I’ve lost two people close to me to suicide, and I ran for Mike Moore and Penn Harris to remember that they made me smile. And on this beautiful September day I felt like they were here with me. Telling me to go faster, be happier, and love more.
Genmarie I’m a new runner. This was fun. I ran by myself today and for all of those who have taken their lives as they do matter. I chose the Metroparks for their scenery and away from traffic. The weather is a typical summer day and I tried to take a little time off my record (remember I’m new at this) Thanks for the opportunity ! Genmarie Stiber
teresa Exercise always lifts my mood, even if it is on a treadmill by myself and my Train music. If someone could save a life from exercise, I would exercise 24/7…and if someone can see this, I hope they know there are people that care, people that have been in that hopeless state. I wish for you one more day, then one more, then one more…take it slow, it gets better and it gets worse, but take a day and see. Thanks for letting us support this cause!!!
Yolanda My partner Yolanda and I chose The beautiful Bayou Park in Houston Texas. The weather was great the scenery was breathtaking with lots of shady spots. We played music and sang and danced while we walked! We dedicate our run too our amazing Aunt Lue who recently lost her battle with cancer. We know she’s walking around in Heaven!!! We love you Auntie Lue!!!
David Thank you.