Auburn, AL - Dr. Adel Korkor, a nephrologist from Wisconsin, is running his 13th of 50 consecutive 5Ks in 50 states Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center to raise awareness for mental health.
The Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series for Mental Health launched in Honolulu, Hawaii. Korkor will be running 50 consecutive 5Ks across the entirety of the U.S., from Alaska to Texas, from Hawaii to Virginia. Over 4,000 people are expected to participate with Korkor in all 50 states.
“The journey across America has been incredible and is far beyond what I expected,” said Korkor. “I have learned that there is so much work that needs to be done in mental health care in America. Raising awareness is one step - but it is only the beginning. I am empowered by those who are joining our event and encouraged to continue. I can now say to all those who are suffering from mental health issues, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.”
Korkor invites community members and the running community to join him for the five kilometer walk or run. Race day registration is available, and all participants receive a race shirt. Portions of proceeds from the event as well as in-kind donations will go to the Five Fifty Fifty charity.
By June 15th, Korkor will have completed his goal to run a 5K in each of the 50 states. Throughout the journey, he emphasizes that mental health problems are common nationwide, disabling and costly, impeding physical health and significantly increasing morbidity and mortality in all sufferers. Korkor’s purpose for his transcontinental commute is to raise awareness for the prevalence of mental health issues in the U.S. while also reinforcing the power of fitness to help overcome anxiety.
Mental Health America is a national charity partner of the Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series. For more information on the Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series, visit https://fivefiftyfifty.com/, or contact Chris Ponteri at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-758-9226. The Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series also posts regular updates of Korkor’s journey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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