KJ’s 5K for Mental Health & Animal Rescue

Join our sponsors, supporters, staff & participants for the Second Annual KJ’s 5K October 6, 2018!


When & Where

October 6, 2018 at the Portage Lakes State Park, Beach parking lot.

The address is:

5031 Manchester Road
Akron, Ohio 44319
Driving Directions


8 am Check in

9 am Start

10:30 am Awards Ceremony, Remembrance, and Presentation


$20.00 Early Registration (+$2.50 registration fee, $30.00 after December 1, 2017, $35.00 same day registration)

Age 6 to 16 $10.00 early registration (+$2.50 registration fee, $15.00 after December 1, 2017, $20.00 same day registration. )

Age 5 and under FREE


After the loss of her son KJ to suicide, Shari Kennedy partnered with Portage Path to create KJ’s 5k to raise awareness about mental illness, suicide prevention, and the treatments available. Because KJ loved animals, the event also includes a dog walk, which many find to be therapeutic as well.

Shari, and Chris Campos, who was KJ’s coworker at Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, are working to put on this second annual KJ’s 5k because of the impact the event had last year when a nearly 500 people (and dogs!) participated to support and learn about local mental health resources that help people every day here in Northeast Ohio.

Like all those lost to suicide, KJ was taken from this Earth too soon. You can remember these valuable people and help prevent tragedies like this from happening to others by participating in KJ’s 5K, which raises money to support Portage Path Behavioral Health and its SUPPORT Hotline (330.434.9144), Summit County’s free, confidential, 24/7 suicide prevention service.

REGISTER HERE:  http://enmo.tv/kjs5k

If you are interested in reducing suicide and helping people recover from mental health issues, please consider becoming a sponsor of KJ’s 5k for Mental Health & Animal Rescue.   You can download our  2018 KJS 5K sponsor opportunities packet for more information.



Starting Line Sponsor

Finish Line Sponsor


Water Stop Sponsor

Mile 1 Sponsor


Community Sponsors



Deborah Foster-Koch

Minority Behavioral Health Group