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Harrington to host color-themed 5K Walk/Run

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA – In an effort to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, and enhance critical behavioral health services in the area, Harrington HealthCare System will host a 5K fun run/walk in Southbridge on Sunday, May 3.

Fittingly titled “Take a Mental Health Day,” the event will support the need to provide greater access to services across Southern Worcester County. Funds raised will support recent efforts announced by Harrington, including the addition of an inpatient psychiatric unit at its Webster campus, as well as the expansion of intensive outpatient programs in the Southbridge-area.

The family-friendly event, held rain or shine, will feature four color stations participants can run or walk through. The non-toxic, cornstarch powder mixture provides a fun addition to the 3.2-mile course, which tours through Southbridge and into Westville Dam. The route begins and ends at Harrington’s 79 Sayles Street parking lot.

“Take a Mental Health Day is as much about the education and awareness as it is about the athletic component,” said Courtney Little, Human Resources Assistant at Harrington and chair of the event. “There is a real critical need to provide more comprehensive services in our community—and it is often overlooked. Getting involved in the 5K is a great way to pair something fun with a significant cause that impacts an entire region.”

Registration is now open, with discounted rates for those who sign up before April 10. There is also a discount for seniors and students.

Visit http://harrington.kintera.org/mentalhealth5k for additional details, route maps, and to sign up.

Following the event, there will be vendors, entertainment, raffles, and refreshments available.

The course is designed to be stroller and dog friendly, but participants are asked to keep their pets on a leash at all times and use common courtesy to keep the route clean. Children under 10 may participate for free, and anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult during the event.

Questions about the event can be directed to Courtney Little at 508-765-3009 or Blaine Schnare at 508-764-2420.