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Light for Kara 5K for Maternal Mental Health

Sat October 13, 2018 Norwalk, CT US 06851 Directions
Calf Pasture Beach
Calf Pasture Beach Rd
Norwalk, CT US 06851


Race day pre reg pickup starts 7:30am at the Calf Pasture tent area. If you Pre-reg’d late and didn’t get a shirt choice please arrive early to pick from what’s available.  

Thank you- see you soon  

Our events are dedicated in Memory of Kara Kovlakas. Our goal is to raise awareness for Maternal Mental Health. We are hosted by Light for Kara and the Connecticut Chapter of Postpartum Support International .

Did you know that 1 in 7 women will experience a Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) during pregnancy or postpartum?Postpartum Depression is the #1 complication of childbirth!  Dads and non-carrying partners can get PMADs too.  

Following the passing of her sister, Kara Kovlakas, in October 2016, Lauren Shrage has strived to make sense of their families loss and find purpose in Kara's life and death.  Kara struggled with postpartum mood instability following the birth of her second child and succumbed to her illness.  in August 2017, Lauren launched the Light for Kara website (www.lightforkara.com)  Lauren and Kara's family hope to bring awareness to Maternal Mental Health and the need to better support our mothers and families in CT through our 5k run and our one mile walk.  

Started as a grassroots alliance to increase services and resources for moms and families during pregnancy and the postpartum period, Postpartum Support International Connecticut Chapter (www.psictchapter.com) became the first state chapter of Postpartum Support International LLC (www.postpartum.net) in July 2016.  PSI-CT is an all volunteer not for profit organization with the mission to promote awareness, treatment, and prevention for perinatal well-being throughout Connecticut.  PSI-CT provides support to mothers and families during the perinatal period (pregnancy and postpartum) through phone and email peer support, databases of support groups and providers in CT, as well as other resources for moms and families.  Everyone knows a mom, dad or family who has experienced struggles during pregnancy, after a baby's birth, or the loss of a baby.  We hope you will consider becoming a PSI-CT member (www.psictchapter.com/membership) and volunteer to help us help Connecticut's moms, dads and families.  

Our events include a 5k (3.1mi) timed run & walk, a one mile untimed walk and a free kids run. Participants in the 5k are eligible to compete for overall and age group prizes. The one mile walk does not offer awards. The kids runs are non-competitive and open to 11 yrs old and younger only.

Pre Registered fees: $30 for the 5k & the one miler for ages 19 and over, $20 for ages 18 and under. The kids run ages 11 & younger is free. Please try to pre register to save AND to guarantee a commemorative shirt by 9/29.


Online entry closes at 8 pm October 11.

Our courses both start and finish at Calf Pasture beach in Norwalk. They are flat, scenic and very family friendly. All abilities are welcome in both events. We do allow baby strollers on the course but keeping a safe distance from other participants is a must !

Course Maps (open in chrome):

Light for Kara 5k course map

Light for Kara 1 mile walk course map

Paid participants will receive a commemorative shirt. You will also be treated to snacks and fluids after you finish. Early pre reg pickup will be determined and notification will be sent out as well as posted on this site. There is plenty of free parking at the beach. Please note that town law prohibits animals at the beach- even in the car.

Event Schedule-

Saturday 10/13-

7:30am- pre reg pickup opens - closes by 8:45 am

8:35am- free kids fun run

8:45 am - Race Announcements and Guest Speaker

9:00am- Start 5k & one mile events, refreshments to follow

10:00am- awards

MS Running Productions and Marty Schaivone is providing management and support for The Light for Kara events. MSRP directs over 40 events which contribute over a quarter of a million dollars annually to charities. The MSRP 2018 schedule can be found at www.hitekracing.com/msrunning  

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Additional race information can be found at http://www.lightforkara.com.


We are close to our permitted limit, so there will be NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. Please register online by 8 PM Thursday, October 11 if you want to participate.

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