Kj's 5k for Mental Health & Animal Rescue

2018 KJ’s 5k for Mental Health and Animal Rescue


Special thanks to Premium Sponsor Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems

Thank you to all of our 2018 sponsors, supporters, staff & participants for the Second Annual KJ’s 5K October 6, 2018!


When & Where

The event was held on 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


$30.00 Early Registration (+$3.75 registration fee, $35.00 same day registration)

Age 6 to 16 $15.00 early registration (+$3.75 registration fee, $20.00 same day registration. )

Age 5 and under FREE


Suicide is a silent epidemic. People rarely talk about it. And because of that, people do not seek or receive the help they need. While suicide does not get the media attention of mass shootings, bombings or drug overdoses, you’ll see in the enclosed materials that suicide is the cause of 45,000 deaths each year in the United States. And for every one death, 25 people make an attempt. EVERY ONE of these deaths and suicide attempts was preventable with proper treatment.

After the loss of her son KJ to suicide, Shari Kennedy created 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.

Shari chose to partner with Portage Path Behavioral health, because we treat anyone, without regard to ability to pay. Our services, among many others that we provide, include a free, confidential, 24 hour Support hotline (330-434-9144), 24/7 Psychiatric Emergency Services, and a Survivors Group for those who have lost someone to suicide. By participating in KJ’s 5k, you can make a difference, by providing funding for people in desperate need of help, while having a good time with like-minded people in a beautiful park.

REGISTER HERE: http://enmo.tv/kjs5k

Want to become a sponsor?

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.

Want to Volunteer?

If you want to support the cause, but don’t want to run or walk the 5k, please consider spending the morning with us as a volunteer! You can read about the options, and sign up here: Volunteer Opportunities.

We would like to thank Meggitt Aircraft Braking Sytems, and all of the generous sponsors of KJ’s 5k for Mental Health and Animal Rescue

Starting Line Sponsor

Finish Line Sponsor

Registration Sponsor

Water Stop Sponsor

Mile 1 Sponsor

Mile 2 Sponsor

Mile 3 Sponsor

Community Partners:



A & A Vending Co., Inc.


Ayers Insurance

Lori & Steven Cain

Joyce Cirignano & Friends

Cornerstone Benefit Services

Deborah Foster-Koch

Hartville Potato Chips

Mr. Hero (Manchester Road)

Minority Behavioral Health Group

Prism Health

Terry & Gale Seikel

James Whitley

Thanks to our friends at A-Z Plumbing for providing us with a race prize!

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