Sunday, April 26th, 2020, Towson University, Towson, MD US 21252 Directions
Countdown to Race Day


$40 $25 9:00AM EDT Price increases after January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

Family Fun Run/Walk

$25 9:15AM EDT Registration ends April 26, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual Run/Walk

$20 9:00AM EDT Registration ends April 26, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
Towson University - Johnny Unitas Stadium
7500 Osler Drive
Towson, MD US 21252

On Sunday, April 26th, 2020 – YOU, can take the lead for mental health!

The 4th Annual John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation 5K and 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk will follow a beautiful course on the wooded campus of Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland - starting from Towson's first-rate Johnny Unitas Stadium. In addition to the Baltimore 5K, thousands from around the world will join in a Virtual 5K in their own home, gym, school, or neighborhood.

Did you know that in the U. S. approximately 1 in 5 adults, and 1 in 6 youth aged six to seventeen, experience a mental illness every year? Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among people age 10 - 34. And, other than pregnancy, mood disorders are the most common cause of hospitalization for all people in the U.S. under age 45. Nearly every person reading this either has themselves or has a loved one who has struggled with mental illness.

We all know that mental and emotional well-being are boosted by exercise and fitness, nutrition and healthy eating, and mind-body practices - but the vast majority of people seeking help for mental illness won’t be offered these as part of their treatment.  It’s time to expand our approaches to address the whole person - body, mind and spirit.

Our foundation funds and promotes evidence-based research on how different forms of holistic treatments - such as exercise, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices - benefit mental health. We also bring fitness centers into mental health care facilities.

Every dollar we raise at the John W. Brick Foundation 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk will go to support research and programs for transforming our approach to preventing and treating mental illness. Our goal is to change the way we treat mental health. 

And you can help! Run. Walk. Donate. Raise Funds. However you choose to participate will help make the world a brighter place for millions of people.

Want to help people facing mental health challenges? 

Sponsor the JWB 5K
Register for the Baltimore JWB 5k      
Register for the One-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk
Register for the Virtual Run/Walk
Make a Donation or Register to Help Raise Funds (no run/walk)

You will be offered the opportunity to start or join a team when you register.


Entry Fees

5K Prices (t-shirt included)
$25 Early Bird fee until January 31st ($15 youth runners 10 and under) - youth runner discount will be applied at check-out
$30 Registration fee until February 29th ($20 youth runners 10 and under ) - youth runner discount will be applied at check-out
$35 Registration fee until April 25th ($25 youth runners 10 and under) - youth runner discount will be applied at check-out
$40 if registering day of event and at packet pick up ($30 youth runners 10 and under) - youth runner discount will be applied at check-out

One-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk Prices (t-shirt included)

$25 Registration fee ($15 youth runners 10 and under) - youth runner discount will be applied at check-out

NOTE:  Want to make an even bigger impact? Make an additional donation, and/or set up a page to raise funds from your friends, family and colleagues as part of your race participation! Set up a fundraising page during the registration process. 

Join or Host a Virtual Run/Walk at your School, Church, Gym or on your own!

Can’t make it to Baltimore on race day? You can still support our event and cause from wherever you are!

How does it work? 

1) Decide that you want to be a champion for a better approach to mental health!
2) Register for the Virtual Run/Walk.
3) You will be emailed your confirmation. You will receive an email by January 31st to download your printable bib (included with registration) and a link to purchase your own JWB 5K "Taking the Lead for Mental Health" Run/Walk T-Shirt (not included with registration)!
4) If you are able to, set up a page to raise funds for bringing more fitness, nutrition, and mind-body approaches to mental health prevention and treatment.
5) Invite your friends, relatives, students/school, colleagues, congregation, or members of your gym to join your group. Ask them to join you in Taking the Lead for Mental Health in the JWB Virtual 5K. They will register individually, and can tell us they are a member of your team!
6) Then, either on your own or with a group, during the weekend of April 24th - 26th, 2020 complete a 5k run or walk outdoors or on your treadmill at your home, gym, church or neighborhood (again note: everyone registers individually, even if you are a member of a group).

How much is it?

$20 registration fee (with an option to buy your own t-shirt!)

Don’t want to run or walk??? You can still Take the Lead for Mental Health!!

If you don’t have time or ability to run or walk on the April 26th, you can still be a champion!! Make a donation, or become a champion for mental health by becoming a Fundraiser (you’ll set up a fundraising page, and invite your friends to make donations in person, by email, or on your social media!) 


All pre-registered runners will receive a gender specific t-shirt until supplies run out.
Pre and post race refreshments
Chances to win prizes and giveaways
We will also have plenty of children's activities as well as Vendors and Resources that support Mental Health, Fitness and Healthy Living!


Friday, April 24th from 3PM-7PM
Brick Bodies - Padonia
2430 Broad Avenue, Timonium, MD 21093

Saturday, April 25th from 10AM-2PM
Charm City Run - Timonium
2045 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093

Race Day: On-site starting at 7:30 AM.


Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female Overall Finishers ($200/$100/$50) as well as male and female Masters ($75) and Grandmasters ($75).

Age group awards to the top three male and female finishers in the following age groups: 10 and under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.


The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation was founded by Victor and Lynne Brick in honor of Victor's oldest brother John, who suffered from schizophrenia his entire life and died of complications from the disease. Never, in all the years he received treatment for his illness, often in some of the finest mental health institutions in the country, was he put on a well-rounded program that included lifestyle choices, such as exercise, diet, or mind-body wellness, to help improve his condition.

From Victor and Lynne:​ “​We want to help people like my brother John. We want to save families from going through the heartache we experienced. We don’t think exercise is the only answer, but we think it is part of the answer. Through evidence-based research it is our hope to find out what part exercise can play in the treatment of mental illness, and what forms of exercise work best for different mental health issues.”

For more information on the Foundation, please visit our web site at

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Towson University - Johnny Unitas Stadium
7500 Osler Drive
Towson, MD US 21252

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