June 18 Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k run preparations in full swing

If you haven’t marked it off on your calendar, don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k walk and run on June 18 in beautiful Port Credit.

To register, go here and sign up as a team, family, or individual. Proceeds from the event go towards Team Unbreakable youth mental health programs. The $40 registration fee includes an event run shirt, medal for finishing, pancake breakfast and swag bag.

The run starts at 9 a.m. but please come earlier so you’ll have time to park your car and get oriented.

This year the organizers expect over 10 schools, health clinics and youth community groups to attend along with parents, fathers (of course) and members of the community. Traditionally more than 400 participants turn out for the event.

“We’ll have new blue shirts for the runners this year and a different finishers medal which is always popular especially with anyone completing their first 5K,” says program coordinator Keara Gillis. “This is a great event we’re all looking forward to as it celebrates all the hard work and training of the Team Unbreakable participants.”

(Pictured below l to r:  Program coordinator Amanda Overholt, Executive Director Carl Worrell, Program Coordinator Keara Gillis, Program Coordinator Nils Blondin and Program Manager John Knox (with friend).

Program coordinator Amanda Overholt says there is a lot of behind the scenes work applying for permits, ordering equipment, getting donations and promoting the event. “It’s all worth it. The event brings the Port Credit community together and brings awareness to youth mental health and youth mental illness.”

Adds Keara, “We couldn’t do this without fantastic volunteers. They help with set-up, registration, cooking, serving, route set up, clean-up and much more. Team Unbreakable relies heavily on support from volunteers – and really appreciate everyone who comes out to help!”

One new aspect of the event is the Unbreakable Patron Program.  People can contribute to help pay the entry fee of a student who may not otherwise be able to participate in the end-of-the-year goal event. “We want to create an opportunity for all youth to be able to participate. So by encouraging sponsors to donate, we can cover full or partial costs for some youth,” says Amanda.

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