Saturday was Provident's Annual Rooster Run. Provident is a local St. Louis organization that helps people to a brighter future by providing mental health services. These services include counseling, suicide prevention and intervention, and community support programs.
For the past four years Provident has been hosting the Rooster Run, which is a 5K Run and a 1-Mile Fun Run. The reason behind the name "rooster", is because roosters provide a wake-up call. With 1 in 5 individuals suffering from a mental illness each year and a person dying from suicide every 13 minutes, a wake-up call is needed. The Rooster Run is Provident's way of encouraging people to wake-up, start a conversation, and support the improvement of mental health in the St. Louis area.
This was my first year volunteering at the Rooster Run and it was such a fun event. It's a great way to start off your Saturday morning right. The run is pretty early, but it's perfect for St. Louis in July - gotta beat the heat! Not only do we have our own Rudy the Rooster, but Fredbird, the Cardinals' mascot, makes an appearance, as well. Unfortunately, the picture with him isn't on my phone, but we had a lot of fun with him! I didn't do the run, but a few of my fellow Young Professionals did, so the rest of the group made sure to cheer them on as they ran through the finish line. We manned the Provident table, which provided more information on Provident and the services they offered, as well as a sign up to get more involved. I am happy to say that we had some people sign up, which was awesome. There were a few different vendors, one in particular that stood out to me, Start Right. They had waffles, which are full of protein. Such a good idea to have a booth at a race! The runners (and volunteers!), just ate them up! All in all, it was a super successful event, and I cannot wait for next year!
Linking up with Jenn and Jessi.