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5K run/walk raises money for teen suicide prevention

Grace Holt lost her life to suicide in 2016. An in-person and virtual 5K in her honor raises money for teen suicide prevention.

The fifth annual Run With Grace 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Sunday at the Rogue Valley Country Club, 2660 Hillcrest Road.

Registration has closed for the in-person event, but people are invited to register for a virtual event and log a 5K run or walk on their own by midnight April 30.

The event honors the life of Grace Holt, a 15-year-old girl who lost her life to depression through suicide in 2016.

The fundraiser is on pace to raise $30,000 this year to provide scholarships to kids in need so they can enjoy summer camps and enrichment activities. A portion of the money also goes toward educating the community about teen depression and suicide.

“We have had individuals and companies approach us about sponsoring Run With Grace because they feel so passionately about the cause,” said Susan Holt, Grace’s mother and the president and founder of the Grace & Kindness Foundation. “Suicide is the leading cause of death for youth age 10-24 in Oregon. We have an epidemic on our hands and it’s not going to improve without concerted intervention.”

For the virtual run/walk, participants are invited to run on a treadmill or pick their own 5K route. The cost for the virtual event is $15 for adults and $5 for students.

There will be prizes for the top three virtual male and female finishers who send in their times. All virtual runners will have a race bib and Run With Grace vinyl sticker sent to them.

For more information, visit runwithgrace.org.