Stop the Stigma 5K

Stop the Stigma 5K

Stop the Stigma Virtual 5K
Held on May 24-25, 2020

Thank you for another fantastic race! 

Mental health care is critical, and even more so now as we all face the isolation and anxiety of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite having to pivot to a virtual event this year, more than 300 supporters signed up to run or walk to erase stigmas surrounding mental illness and addiction and to support family, friends and neighbors affected by these issues.

THANK YOU to all who participated in, donated to and sponsored this event!

Stay tuned for details on our 2021 5K!

Stop the Stigma Sponsors

Congratulations to our fastest runners!

Fastest male 40
Fastest Male 40+ –
Robert Perkins
Patrick Ronan
Fastest Male under 40 –
Patrick Ronan
Rebecca Norton
Fastest Female under 40 –
Rebecca Norton
Paula Daniels
Fastest Female 40+ -
Paula Daniels

Check out our photo contest winners!

Best Accessories
Best sign
Biggest Team
Most scenic route
Best Bibs
Best socks
Best canine
Farthest from Quincy
Memorial Day Flags
Best COVID
Best celebration
Best throwback

FAQ's

WHAT IS A VIRTUAL RACE ANYWAY?

Running or walking a virtual race allows you to pick your path and get your miles in on your own time! Virtual races can be done around the neighborhood, a local course of your choosing or even on the treadmill! The only rule is that the race must be completed in a single run (or stroll) just like a real race.

Follow CDC social distancing guidelines. Do not run in groups; only run with those you have been social distancing with.
Please do not run our traditional Squantum route. It is unsafe at this time to overcrowd a particular neighborhood.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

2020 registration is now closed.
Information on Stop the Stigma 5K 2021 registration will be released soon.

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY TIME AND PHOTO?

After you run, log into LetsDoThis (instructions will be emailed to you) and record your finish time and post a photo. We don’t care if it took you 30 minutes or 3 hours – we support your finish in any manner. It’s the process that counts! All registered participants who submit a finish time will receive a finisher’s medal.

Please also share a photo or story at LetsDoThis, or by emailing us  – it will encourage others and help spread our message of eliminating mental health stigmas even further.

We have photo contests (with prizes!) in store for:
“Best canine running partner”
“Craziest running socks”
“Most scenic route”
“Best example of COVID-19 precautions”
“Best throw-back Stop the Stigma 5K t-shirt”
“Most creative costume”
and more! You’ll be able to upload a photo when you submit your time or you can email them to us at pdaniels@interfaithsocialservices.org.

HOW DO I GET MY SHIRT AND MEDAL?

Details will be emailed to you about t-shirt and medal pickup. For those that live more than 40 miles from Quincy, MA, your shirts will be mailed.

WHERE DOES MY REGISTRATION MONEY GO TO?

Our virtual Stop the Stigma 5K raises crucial funds to support Interfaith Social Services’ New Directions Counseling Center. New Directions serves anyone seeking counseling, but we pride ourselves on being a safety net for the uninsured and underinsured members of our community. New Directions makes mental health care accessible to everyone by offering a sliding scale payment system.

The stresses of the coronavirus outbreak have brought even more people to our Counseling Center. We need your help more than ever to make sure all members of the community can get the help they need and seek out treatment without feeling shamed. Your registration fee alone provides one counseling session for a neighbor suffering with a mental illness.

HOW CAN I RAISE ADDITIONAL MONEY FOR THE CAUSE?

The goal of the Stop the Stigma 5K is to raise funds for Interfaith Social Services’ New Directions Counseling Center. We need YOUR help to continue to provide mental health care to everyone. Your registration fee has already provided one counseling session for a neighbor suffering with a mental illness. If you want to help provide more counseling sessions, here are ways you can do peer-to-peer fundraising to help us reach our goal.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 fundraisers!

Some sample language to use on your fundraiser:
“I am running the Stop the Stigma Virtual 5K on Memorial Day weekend in support of Interfaith Social Services. Their New Directions Counseling Center is a safety net for those in need of mental health care. We run or walk to erase stigmas surrounding mental illness and addiction and to support our family, friends and neighbors affected by these issues.”

WHAT ARE OTHER WAYS I CAN HELP?

Not able to walk or run a 5K that weekend? There are other ways to support us. Consider a donation or sponsoring the event.

MORE QUESTIONS?
Stop the Stigma 5K Sponsor List