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Life;Story FAQ

Why participate in Centerstone’s Life;Story 5K/10K?

  • To raise awareness for depression and suicide prevention
  • To eliminate the stigma around seeking treatment for mental illness and addiction
  • To assure crisis services are available to people with depression or at risk of suicide

What is with the semicolon (;)?

A semicolon is a punctuation mark that indicates there is more to come – unlike a period which indicates the end. With every life there is a story worth telling. Centerstone wants anyone who has been touched by depression or suicide to know it does not represent the end. Whether you have lost a loved one to suicide or have experienced depression yourself, know there is more to come.

How can I participate?

  • Walk the (untimed) 5K course at Nathan Benderson Park
  • Run the (timed) 5K or 10K course at Nathan Benderson Park
  • Volunteer (before the event or during the event)
  • Sponsor the event, a walker, runner or team
  • Join the virtual race from the comfort of your home!

Who can form a team?

  • Elementary, Middle and High Schools who want to compete to win the school trophy
  • Businesses who want to give back to the community and build team spirit
  • Family members and friends whose lives have been impacted by depression or suicide
  • Anyone who would like to compete for our grand and other prizes for top fundraising teams!

How can I fundraise for my Life;Story 5K/10K team?

First, the team captain registers and names their team. Then the captain recruits teammates and asks them to pick a personal goal of $50, $100 or more! All registered walkers/runners will receive a Life;Story embroidered hat if they receive $100 or more in donations. Teammates register online and get their own personal fundraising page to reach out to friends and family. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook @CenterstoneFlorida!

Where do I register?

  • Register to walk (untimed) at www.centerstone.org/lifestory click on “Sign Up to Walk”
  • Register to run (timed) at www.centerstone.org/lifestory click on “Sign Up to Run” and you will be re-directed to active.com to register or
  • Register to run at www.active.com and search for Centerstone Life;Story
  • Pick up a registration form at Fit2Run (credit card and check payments only)
  • Contact Darla at 941-782-4341 or Darla.brannan@centerstone.org for a paper registration

Who will receive awards/prizes?

  • All kids who run in the Dr. Mac’s Kid’s races will receive a finishers medal
  • Top Male/Female finishers in both races receive $100 gift cards from Fit2Run and 6” award plaques
  • Top Male/Female finishers in Master, Grand Master, Sr. Grand Master and Veteran will receive 6” award plaques
  • Engraved 4” plaques to categories 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19 and every five year increment to 80+
  • School trophy to the elementary, middle and high school with the most on-site participation
  • Plaques for the top fundraising team and most participant team (non-school)
  • Prize package to the highest fundraising youth and adult
  • All registrants will have a chance at the “grand prize”. *Must be present at time of award

What happens at the Life;Story event?

  • 6:00am: DJ powers up and onsite registration starts – we run/walk rain or shine!
  • 7:15am: Dr. Mac Kid’s races begin with awards at 7:30 a.m.
  • 7:50am: Opening ceremony with dove release
  • 8:00am: 5K/10K joint start
  • 8:05am: 5K Life;Story walk begins
  • 8:30am: After party with food and refreshments
  • 8:50am: 5K Run Award presentation
  • 9:00am: Compelling Life;Story survivor story with butterfly release
  • 9:15am: 10K Run Award presentation
  • 10:00am: Closing Ceremony

Other information:

  • North Manatee Kiwanis will be grilling up fresh hamburgers and hot dogs
  • METV will be filming the event along the Butterfly and Dove releases
  • We supply juice, water, and breakfast snacks
  • Free parking at the venue
  • First 1000 registrants are guaranteed a t-shirt– check the website for days to pick up your t-shirt and runner bags.
  • Strollers are welcome.

Register online now at centerstone.org/lifestory

Questions? Contact Darla at 941-782-4341 or Darla.brannan@centerstone.org