Run to Tomorrow

Run to tomorrow Facebook art. This banner is posted on the Run to Tomorrow Facebook group and is posted to the Run to tomorrow Facebook event page.

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There is a free suicide prevention and awareness run 8 a.m. Saturday at Porter Park. This event is intended to raise awareness of suicide warning signs among members of the community.

Todd Becraft, a ninth-grade teacher at Madison Junior High School, is the main organizer of the event. Years ago, Becraft set a goal to run a marathon by the time he was 45, he is now 44. When he was preparing and thinking about why he wanted to run a marathon, he became inspired to use this opportunity to raise awareness for suicide. He then came up with the idea for the Run for Tomorrow event. It is intended to bring awareness to people who struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts and their loved ones.

“Mental health effects everyone,” Becraft said.

The run is for anyone of any skill level and has several different loops. The event has been endorsed by the Madison School district and has been supported by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Peaks Medical Community Health Center.

Those running the marathon will go five mile loopfour mile loopthree mile loop, five mile loop, four mile loop, three mile loop and then three laps around Porter Park, but can done at your own pace and participants are welcome to run as much or as little as they see fit.

The event is scheduled to go until 1 p.m. There will be food and water for the runners provided at the pavilion.

“Here is something you can actually do. An actual action that will make a difference,” Becraft said. “Show up to the marathon. I don’t mean you actually have to run. It is way too late to train for a marathon if you’re deciding at this point you want to be there, but that is the cool thing about it. This is not a race. This is simply an analogy to finish the marathon, even though it’s really, really hard. Life is hard, but if people help us, we can make it.”

“You could walk a hundred feet, you can run ten miles,” Becraft said. “It doesn’t matter to me at all, just show up and show that you care. That’s what it’s all about,” Becraft said.

They will be out there for most of the morning, and anyone interested is encouraged to stop by any time until the event is over.

“Sometimes life is hard and sometimes we just need to take the next step and sometimes that requires help,” Becraft said.

There will be handouts at the event, that have information about suicide prevention and during the event or as it finishes up, people are welcome to hangout to learn more about what they can do to help prevent suicide.

“I’ve got current students participating from this year and former students from last year, who are now at the high school,” Becraft said.

Additionally next week, the Madison Junior High will be starting a Hope Squad and then one will be starting at the high school a few weeks after that. Hope Squad is a peer nominated group of students that get special training on how to recognize emotional distress and what to say to get them to get help. The Hope Squad got started in Provo, Utah and is a nationwide program. Becraft will be one of the advisors.

For more information or to see the routes for the Run to Tomorrow, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/762889604664449. For additional information on Hope Squad or how to get involved, visit, https://hopesquad.com/