Be the Light - Glow in the Dark Virtual 5K for Mental Health Awareness

Sun September 6 - Mon September 21, 2020 Holland, MI US 49423 Directions RaceJoy Ready

5K Run/Walk/Bike/Whatever - Virtual

$40 Registration ends September 21, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

Join us for this awesome Glow in the Dark Virtual 5k! Invest in your own mental and physical health by completing a 5k, learn and spread mental health awareness, and support Beacon of Hope! Beacon of Hope is a non-profit counseling agency, which provides barrier free counseling at no-cost. Our hope is to raise over $21,000 dollars, providing more than 700 individual counseling sessions.


There’s SO much stigma around mental health, stigma that’s literally deadly. According the the health department, suicide rates in Michigan have increased 150% in the past 10 years, and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of people aged 10-34 in the US. That’s right, this isn’t just something adults struggle with. In Ottawa county, 1 in 5 teens have seriously considered taking their lives, and ⅔ of those were less than 16 years old. The National Suicide Hotline reported 1000% increase of calls during COVID.  And that doesn’t even take into account lives lost due to eating disorders, substance abuse, or domestic violence. All of those deaths could have been prevented. According to the National Alliance of Mental Health,1 in 5 adults struggle with mental health in some way, yet less than half seek help due to stigma.

Holland, MI US 49423

Due to COVID-19, we're making some changes to ensure that our Be the Light - Glow in the Dark 5k is as safe and fun as possible! We're going virtual!

Here's why that's awesome for you: 

Run wherever you are! Run on your own time! You're now welcome to run anytime between September 6, 2020 and September 19, 2020, though we still encourage you to be the light by running at night. Not a runner? Complete the 5k however you want! Walk, bike, swim, canoe, pogostick, whatever mode you choose to be the light over 3.1 miles. You're still spreading mental health awareness and supporting Beacon of Hope while investing in your own physical and mental health. The event will still be timed! We'll send you an app link to submit to our race website to see if you're a top finisher. While we can't all run together, we encourage you to still Be the Light with others! Invite your friends, family and church groups to run with you and help spread mental health awareness. 

Event Shirts

Unisex tech shirts will be given to all participants whose registration is received by August 21, 2020 and as supplies last after that date. Sizes offered include: youth S-L and adult S-XXXL. Packet pick up is currently scheduled for Friday, September 4th from 4pm-8pm. If you are unable to pick-up your packet, please reach out to

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Be the Light - Glow in the Dark Virtual 5K for Mental Health Awareness.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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