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Race Preview: 2017 Run With Grace 5K (Medford)

The 2nd annual Run With Grace 5K is a memorial run honoring the life of Grace Holt. Who, sadly, left this earth at the young age of 15. This letter from her mom says it best:

Grace was so much more than a girl who took her life. Grace truly  had more joy and happiness in her 15 years than many have in a lifetime. She was an  incredible daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend. She cared  about  all people and animals. She was kind  beyond measure and had true empathy for others and wanted everyone to be happy. She always had  a smile and kind words for people she came across . She was an angel on earth.  She was happiest  in nature, with her animals  or creating something. Grace did not have the typical “red flags” people think of when they think of a person that may be dealing with depression. Even her friends were unaware that Grace was struggling with depression. That’s because Grace’s depression was not typical. Grace shared with me feeling sad and not understanding why, 5 months prior to her passing. It was a sporadic feeling of sadness that she didn’t understand. In her words “her life was wonderful and she couldn’t understand why she felt the way she did”. Grace never talked about thoughts  of suicide despite counseling. Even her counselor had no idea she could take her life. Maybe Grace had no idea.
Although we treated Grace’s depression seriously, the lessons I have learned are…
  • People don’t need to have the “typical signs of suicide.
  • Suicidality does not always follow a predictable pattern and can be impulsive.
  • Be kind to others because you never know what they are going through (Grace said this many times in her life).
  • If you have any idea at all that someone may be going through depression or a dark time in their life you must reach out and tell a trusted adult.
Please, always remember Grace.
Her Mom
In honor of Grace, the Grace & Kindness Scholarship Fund has been set up by her family to help underprivileged children (in grades 5-8) have the opportunity to attend summer camp – something Grace loved. Run With Grace 5K supports this fund. Run With Grace starts and ends at Griffin Creek Elementary School in Medford. This 5K is super affordable at just $15 and an additional $10 will get you a race t-shirt with a positive message.
Run With Grace Details
Date: Saturday, January 20
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Location: Griffin Creek Elementary School, 2430 Griffin Creek Rd, Medford
Entry Fees: $15 – adults
$7 – age 18 and under
Website: Click Here
About Annette Vaughan (408 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner, personal trainer, and race director in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is the race director for Get A Clue Scavenger Race and owns a personal training studio in Canby. She believes in promoting movement, since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.

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