Running to support suicide awareness in Alexandria
Matt Kjelland Memorial Run helps to raise money for mental health initiatives and suicide prevention programs.
ALEXANDRIA — Nearly 100 runners participated in the Matt Kjelland Memorial Run on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Alexandria City Park.
The race, which featured a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run, family 1-mile run and a kids fun run, helped to raise money for mental health initiatives and suicide prevention programs.
The event is held in honor of Matt Kjelland, who took his own life in September of 2016, along with his mother, Sue, who passed away unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm in February of 2020.
Mike Kjelland of Alexandria, Matt's father and Sue's husband, organizes the event each year.
The event raises funds for the Matt Kjelland Memorial Foundation.