Are You Ready To Run? Oct. 3 NAMI 5K For Mental Health Is a 'Go'

Are You Ready To Run? Oct. 3 NAMI 5K For Mental Health Is a ‘Go’

The NAMI 5K run to promote mental health will look a little different than it has in years past, but the popular run to support mental health initiatives is a “go” for Oct. 3 in Batavia.

The NAMI race will look a little different this year.

“We hope to bring the same level of support and excitement to this year’s NAMI 5K!” said NAMI Executive Director Laura Martinez. “While we will not be offering chip timing, a gun start, aid stations, or port-a-potties due to COVID-19 restrictions and mandates, we encourage participants to help us support the work of NAMI Kane-south, DeKalb, and Kendall counties who offers mental health support, education, and advocacy, free of charge, to members of the community.”

  • Click HERE for detailed race information.

Due to the current state of the pandemic, NAMI has transitioned its traditional NAMI 5K race to a virtual race while still encouraging participants to walk or run the regular course on Oct. 3 at their own pace.

All registered runners/walkers must complete their individual 5K and submit their results via text or email by midnight Oct. 3.

Participation Is Easy

  • Download a running app on your phone that tracks both your distance and time. (Nike Run Club, Map my Run by Under Armour, Strava, etc.)
  • Run a 5K or 3.1 miles.
  • Screenshot your race results from your app.
  • Send the screenshot with your name, hometown, sex and age by text to 630-492-0696 or by email to to be recorded and released on our website.

You must complete 3.1 miles for your time to be counted!

All participants who submit a valid screenshot will be able to download a personal certificate with their results within a week of Oct. 3.

There is still time to register!

“We even ordered extra shirts, just for you! Register to participate in the virtual race for as little as $10!” Martinez said.

All proceeds help the National Alliance on Mental Illness serving Kane-south, DeKalb, and Kendall Counties provide education, support, and advocacy for individuals and families in our community faced with a mental health condition.

If You Are Running on Oct. 3

  • Review your registration confirmation email and note your selected race time slot. Arrive a little before or at the time you selected.
  • The regular NAMI 5K course begins just east of the Peg Bond Center located at 151 N. Island Ave., Batavia.
  • The NAMI 5K race committee will be present at the Peg Bond Center as usual. Runners are encouraged to stop by before you begin your race for a contactless T-shirt pick-up and for a little encouragement before your run/walk!
  • As usual, the course will be marked to help you along the way.
  • You will record your race time as described above.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO SAME-DAY REGISTRATION available for the safety of our volunteers and participants.

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Please maintain 6 feet social distancing at all times among individuals that do not reside in your own household.
  • If social distancing cannot be maintained, please wear a mask.
  • Bathrooms and snacks will not be provided due to COVID-19 restrictions and requirements. Please use the restroom before you leave home.

SOURCE: NAMI news release and website