Students and community members will be running in the mud to raise money for suicide prevention.
The second annual S.A.F.E. (Suicide Awareness For Everyone) Tough Knight Mud Run will take place May 17 at 9 a.m. at the Kiwanis Boy Scout Camp outside of Waverly. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
A 5K run, the Tough Knight Mud Run is different than any other race. It is a 5K run in the mud composed with challenging obstacles.
“We partner with Wartburg Intramurals in “The W,” president of S.A.F.E., Paris White said.
“Last year we had an ice bath, people climbed over and under things, there was a sand hill and more. People said that the sand hill was the most challenging.”
One of the reasons that S.A.F.E. helps put this run on is because they want to bring suicide awareness to the community. They want to make sure people know that they are not alone and that there is help available for those who need it, White said.
White said it is also powerful to see people who come out to do things in memory of lost loved ones.
“Last year there was an older guy whose son had taken his own life.
“The man was 69 when he ran last year and just a few years prior, he suffered some nerve problems and was immobilized for a whole year.
When he recovered from his injury, he ran in memory of his son,” White said.
A run like this doesn’t happen without preparation.
In order to get ready and keep the event running smoothly, members of S.A.F.E. have to do a variety of tasks.
“The event is funded by the community; last year we had 12 companies committed,” White said.
On the day of the event S.A.F.E. members had to keep it running smoothly.
Members stood at each obstacle to make sure nobody got hurt, helped with check-in and registration, handed out water and took pictures.
For the run this year, White hopes more students come out and participate and that more students from other schools, such as UNI, come to run.
“We invite people to tell stories and share the reason why they run,” White said.
Registration for the event can happen up until the day of the run. However, in order for participants to ensure they get a T-shirt in their requested size, they must be registered by May 1.
To register for the event, go to www.imleagues.com, find Wartburg and type in your ID number.
While the event is free for Wartburg students, community members and students from other schools will pay a $35 registration fee.