NAMIWalks, Changing Minds One Step at a Time, is a 5K walk to increase public awareness of mental illnesses, fight stigma, and raise funds for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota.
Under a clear, starry night on July 13 and 14, about 700 people gathered at Citizen’s Field in Alexandria to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Douglas County.
The event began at 6 p.m. on Friday night and ran until 6 a.m. Saturday morning.
Mental health was the focus of a walk in Alexandria last Thursday afternoon.
Participants in the Walk for Wellness gathered at the Big Ole Viking statue and walked to City Hall in an effort to fight the stigma that clouds mental illness.
Governor Mark Dayton has declared October Safe Routes to School Month to highlight the benefits of walking and bicycling to school. Across Minnesota, thousands of kids are expected to walk and bicycle during events held at local schools.
The 13th annual Operation Bootstrap Africa walk will be held on Saturday, October 1.
The three-and-a-half-mile walk will begin at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. The walk will conclude at the church with a lunch provided for the walkers.
More than 3,000 people from around the state are expected to join in NAMIWalks Minnesota, a 5K walk to raise awareness about mental illnesses on September 24 at 1 p.m., at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and Whitney Memorial Park in St. Cloud.
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