Stride Into The Light, 5k Walk-Run

By Stride Into the Light (other events)

Saturday, April 18 2015 8:00 AM 3:00 PM EST

Welcome to the Stride into the Light 5K Walk-Run!

On April 18, 2015, First Church Congregational, Methuen hopes to start a new tradition not only for the church but for area communities by hosting a 5K Walk-Run in support of worthy causes. Walking or running for a cause, whether it is to support a local organization or to help others understand an important issue is one of the most helpful ways to bring awareness to the community.

This year’s walk-run is being held in memory of Tyler Keene. Proceeds will be split equally between two outstanding non-profits: Level Ground MMA, located in Boston and McLean Hospital, Center for Depression Research, in Belmont.

Level Ground MMA was founded to unleash the strength, power and ingenuity of urban youth in and around Boston. By coupling athletic programming in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts with academic achievement, mentorship and employment opportunities, youth are empowered to fight for – and seize – their dreams. Tyler was passionate about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts and would have been proud to support an organization like Level Ground MMA.

McLean Hospital is a leader in mental health research. Mental health issues are a major concern of all communities and finding more effective remedies is a challenge we all must face. Our hope is that Stride into the Light will be one more step towards making it easier for people to openly discuss mental health issues and work towards improved methods of treatment.

Join us in support of these worthy causes. Please consider signing up or making a donation . . . and Stride Into the Light with us!


Event Schedule and Times:

Friday, April 17th ~ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM: early registration/ T-shirt and bib pick up
Saturday, April 18th ~ 8:00 AM: registration/ T-shirt and bib pick up
Saturday, April 18th ~ 10:00 AM: 5k runners begin
Saturday April, 18th ~ 10:45 AM: 5k walkers begin
Saturday April, 18th ~ 12:30 PM: closing


Sponsors and Donations:

Looking to be a corporate sponsor? Please contact Kerri Bennett for additional details! Based on the level, we will provide signage of your company on race day! A sponsor form will be provided to anyone that is interested.

   - TITLE-HOLDER SPONSOR  ($5,000, one company)
   - In-Kind Supporter Sponsor – In addition to monetary donations, we appreciate in-kind donations. The value of in-kind sponsorships will determine the level of sponsorship.  Options below:

  • Advertising
  • Refreshments (Water, Juices, Gatorade)
  • Food (Bananas, Oranges, Bagels, Granola Bars)
  • Giveaways

Contact Kerri at [email protected] or (978) 764-8131.


If you are unable to participate in the Stride Into The Light 5k Walk-Run, please consider volunteering! Contact us directly for further details!  


Please email:  [email protected]


The National Alliance on Mental Illness states the following: A mental illness is a condition that impacts a person's thinking, feeling or mood may affect and his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis. Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process.