KJ's 5k for Mental Health & Animal Rescue

Register for the 2024 KJ's 5k

The 8th Annual KJ’s 5k Family Fun Walk/Run!

About the Event:

When: October 5th, 2024 (check-in at 8, race at 9)

Where: Portage Lakes State Park

KJ’s 5K for Mental Health and Animal Rescue was created in 2017 by Shari Kennedy after the passing of her son to raise awareness about mental illness, suicide prevention and the treatments available. Because her son KJ loved animals, the event also includes a dog walk and a portion of the proceeds are pledged to local animal rescue operations.

 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.

By participating in KJ’s 5k, you can make a difference!  Join us on race day to support suicide prevention and education in Summit County, and help take care of homeless animals. Proceeds benefit Portage Path Behavioral Health and select animal charities. Donations are accepted at this link: fundraiser page. Donations can also be made through the registration process.


Registration is $25 for age 16 and up, and $10.00 for anyone younger.

You may participate in person on October 5, 2024 at Portage Lakes State Park or complete a virtual 5k on a route of your choosing between September 2, 2024 and October 5, 2024.

Deadline to be guaranteed a t-shirt is September 6th. 


Questions? Please email the Director of Marketing, Emily Harrison at eharrison@portagepath.org.

Become a Sponsor

If you or your company would like to be a sponsor of the 8th Annual KJ’s 5k:

Sponsor Online

Download our Sponsorship packet

Want to do more to help?
You can collect pledges and donations online by going to https://ohiochallengeseries.enmotive.com/events/register/2023-kj-s-5k-for-mental-health-and-animal-rescue. The person who collects the most online pledges by midnight October 5, 2024, will receive a special gift as a token of thanks from our clients and the communities we serve in Summit County.

Please Contact Us at Events@PortagePath.org if you have any questions.

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