Stop the Stigma Virtual 5K Sponsored by Arbella and Heritage Companies

Stop the Stigma Virtual 5K
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.

Instructions for t-shirt and medal pick up will be emailed and posted soon.

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


Results and photos donate

Check out our photo contest winners!

Congratulations to our fastest runners:

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



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.


Sign up to run through our LetsDoThis platform here: Your registration includes a race T-shirt and a participation medal for those that submit completion times/photos.

Registration fee: $30
A 10% booking fee from LetsDoThis will be included at checkout.


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


We are still working out the details, but please keep an eye on your inbox for instructions on receiving your event t-shirt and medal (finisher medals available to registered participants who submit a finish time at our race site).

We are hoping to schedule a t-shirt/medal pick-up day for early this summer. For those that live more than 40 miles from Quincy, MA, we plan to mail you your t-shirts in June.


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.


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!
Highest fundraiser receives a $100 Roche Bros gift card
2nd place receives a $70 Target gift card
3rd place receives a $50 Amazon gift card

  • Pledge Sheet – Download and print a paper pledge sheet and collect cash and checks.
    Get your pledge sheet here:
  • Invite others to run/walk – The more people that run, the more money we can raise! Invite your friends and family from across the country (or world!) to participate with you. Mental health care knows no boundaries.
    Have your friends sign up to run through our LetsDoThis platform Registration includes a race T-shirt, a participation medal for those that submit completion times and the knowledge that you’re helping others get the mental health counseling they need.


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.”


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


Send an email to our race director, Paula Daniels.


Virtual Trivia Night to Benefit Stop the Stigma 5K – May 28, 8pm

Help us wrap up mental health awareness month and meet our Stop the Stigma 5K fundraising goal as we host a fun virtual trivia hour on May 28 at 8pm.

So now what is this Virtual Trivia thing?? Why I’m glad you asked! In short, it’s pub trivia, at an appropriate social distance, and a way to support some great charities while having some fun. Trivia host Dave Heaney started this back in March with an original target of raising $200, and folks have donated almost $40,000 since then. Absolutely amazing stuff.

IF YOU’RE ABLE, take whatever you would’ve spent going out and chip it into the fundraiser. If that’s $20, great. If it’s $50 (dang babysitters!), woah that’s amazing. Even if it’s $5-$10, that adds up! If times are tough for you and you can’t chip in now, that’s absolutely ok, and we hope trivia gives you a fun distraction from your stresses.


Step 1 – On a device with a screen, microphone, and (if desired) webcam go to – this will let us see each other AND will be how Dave reads the questions before you answer them.

Step 2 – On another device (most people have been using phones), go to – this will be where you actually answer the questions

Step 3 – IF YOU’RE ABLE, chip in to our fundraiser at or text STOPTHESTIGMA5K to 44321 – every contribution helps!

Assuming all goes well, we will start right at 8:15pm We’ll be on the zoom at 8pm to deal with any glitches or answer any questions.

Hope you can make it!

We sincerely appreciate the amazing local businesses who sponsor this event every year.

Learn more about sponsoring this event (PDF).

Contact Interfaith

105 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Phone: 617-773-6203
Tax ID: 04-2104853