DELAFIELD, Wis., Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to raise awareness for the prevalence of mental health issues in the U.S. while also reinforcing the power of fitness to help overcome mental illness, the second annual Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk for Mental Health Series has announced April 27 as the launch date for the 2019 event series. Five Fifty Fifty hopes to reach over 150 million people throughout the run/walk series and raise $250,000 in donations to support the mission of making the world a better place for those who suffer from mental illness.
Five Fifty Fifty is the only run/walk of its kind worldwide: participants from across the country join the organization as they complete one five kilometer run a day for 50 consecutive days across all 50 states.
This year's journey will begin in Hawaii and will culminate with a large event in the Milwaukee area on June 15, 2019.
"With this year's event, we want to reach even more people than before. We've set a goal for ourselves of reaching over 150 million people," says Dr. Adel Korkor, founder of the run/walk series. "That's a large number until you think about the 20% of American adults who suffer from mental illness."
Mental Health America is the national charity partner of the Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk. The series was founded in 2018 by Adel B. Korkor, MD and is organized by the Adel B. Korkor MD Foundation.
The Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series will feature both formally organized events in some states and more informal, community organized events in other areas. Each event will invite community members and the running community to join for the five kilometer walk or run, and portions of all proceeds as well as in-kind donations will go to the Five Fifty Fifty charity.
Information on each event, as well as registration and how to participate and contribute, can be found at www.fivefiftyfifty.com. Additional information about specific events will be added early this year. The Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series will also post regular updates on Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series