Those battling mental health conditions, and the people who love them, are true warriors. That’s what inspired Nancy Eigel-Miller, Director of 1N5, to create The Warrior Run: The Race for Life, a 5k run/walk and a one mile walk with a family friendly after party.
On October 5, 2019, The Warrior Run will hold their 10th annual event with a variety of activities. “There is a one mile untimed walk through the lovely village of Mariemont that starts at 5:15pm. Shortly after that, at 5:30pm, the 5k begins. This USATF-sanctioned race begins and finishes at Dogwood Park,” Eigel-Miller says. “The race and walk are followed by a night of music and food from local restaurants, including 50 west, Pontiac Barbecue, LaRosa’s Pizza and UDF ice cream. The food options also include home-made chili, hot dogs, grilled cheese, and plenty of desserts. There is a short Fun Run for children under eight at 7pm and then a family-friendly movie outside at dusk.”
There is also a High School and College Challenge where different schools compete against each other to raise the most money for mental health. “Every dollar raised by the high school team will be reinvested into their school for mental health, mindfulness and suicide prevention programming. The scoring is based on a number of participants, volunteer hours and total amount raised and takes into account the enrollment size of the individual schools,” Eigel-Miller says. “The winning high school team and the winning college team receives a traveling trophy, a $1,500 scholarship and a Skyline Chili Cheese Coney Party.”
The inspiration behind the event comes from Eigel-Miller losing her husband in 2008. “I lost my husband, Jim, to suicide and the run was started in his memory,” she says. “He was an avid runner and the race was a way to honor him.”
She wanted to highlight the people who are battling mental health conditions. “The Warrior Run raises funds for 1N5 to help accomplish our mission of optimizing mental health in youth in Greater Cincinnati. That is why it is ‘The Race of Life,’” she says.
The event is important for the community. “Our youth are in crisis and need our help. One in every five youth, ages 13 to 18, have, or will have, a mental illness and suicide is now the second leading cause of death for youth,” Eigel-Miller says. “The Warrior Run: The Race for Life raises funds so that we can combat these statistics and promote optimal mental health for youth in Greater Cincinnati through though stigma reduction and customized, evidence-based education so that we can live in a world without suicide.”
The mission of The Warrior Run is “to gather as a community to champion optimal mental health by raising funds to provide evidence-based mental health programming in local schools,” she says. “Funds raised by The Warrior Run also go toward Supporting Adapting for Life/Surviving the Teens, a CincinnatiChildren’s Hospital Medical Center program.”
The event is different from other races, Eigel-Miller says. “The race course is beautiful. The after party has the best food. The family-friendly atmosphere is phenomenal,” she explains. “These, combined with the importance of our cause, make this the best race around!”