Students to host second annual Running Over Depression


Sophie Starnes

Seniors Bradley Davis, James Ayer, and Jonah Barton are hosting the running event for their senior project.

Austin Keefer, Staff Writer

Runners will take their marks on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the high school, where three seniors have organized the second annual Running Over Depression 5K and 1K fun run. The students involved, Bradley Davis, James Ayers, and Jonah Barton, hope their senior project will bring the community together.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t been affected either themselves by depression or having a friend who has suffered from depression or having a friend or family member who’s been lost to suicide,” Davis said. “And so we’re just trying to bring the community together in a healing event.”

For Davis, the motivation to put on the event came from a personal place.

“I started working on it my sophomore year,” Davis said. “I had a friend who sadly committed suicide, and it kind of inspired me to do this event. I kind of felt compelled to do it because nothing that sad had ever happened to me before, and I knew that a bunch of other people must have felt that way at some point in their lives. I decided that if I had a chance to do something about it, I might as well go for it.”

All money raised will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

“Last year, we had over 360 runners and raised over $8,000, so for this year we want to try to get to 400 runners and $10,000,” Davis said.

The 1K run begins at 8:00 a.m., and the 5K run begins at 8:30 a.m..