Kj's 5k for Mental Health & Animal Rescue

2019 KJ’s 5k for Mental Health and Animal Rescue


Please join our sponsors, supporters, staff & participants for the Third Annual KJ’s 5K

October 5, 2019!

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When & Where

October 5, 2019 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


-Age 5 and under: FREE Registration!
-Age 6 to 16: $5.00 Early Registration, $10.00 after August 31, $15.00 after September 30, $20.00 same day registration.
-Age 17 and up: $20.00 Early Registration, $25.00 after August 31, $30.00 after September 30, $35.00 same day registration.

After September 27th, t-shirts are first come first serve, and not guaranteed. If you registered on the 27th or before, your t-shirt will be available in the size requested.


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, 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 third 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.

KJ’s 5k is part of the Subway Ohio Challenge Series. Entry fee includes chip timing, first come- first serve goody bags from our sponsors, finisher medals, as well as first second and third place medals for men, women, and youth. Entry before September 27 also includes a cotton t-shirt.



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.

Portage Path and the organizers of KJ’s 5k would like to thank the following sponsors:

Premium Sponsor

Starting Line Sponsor

Finish Line Sponsor

Registration Sponsor

First Aid Station Sponsors

Kim Bush

Water Stop Sponsor

Mile Marker Sponsors:

Community Partners:

Robert B. Cooper

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