The Humboldt Mile 2017 Recap!

By: Carl Evans

The second annual Humboldt Mile was a smashing success! Even with intermittent rain, we all got wet, but still had a blast! There were more than 600 registrations and many braved the ever changing conditions for event day. Although things were wet, there was no lighting or extreme weather so things were safe to enjoy the USATF certified one mile course through the heart of beautiful Humboldt Park. Thank you to all the runners, joggers, walkers, strollers and pets, who joined us!

Community celebrations like the Humboldt Mile are an important part of proactive suicide prevention because it's essential to normalize these conversations in our daily lives. Suicide completion rates have surged to a thirty year high. Suicide has no prejudice; it has no age, ethnic, economic or geographic barrier. Silence is the largest obstacle to effective prevention, and over 44,000 people in the United States die in this silence every year, averaging 121 suicide completions each day.

We will be able to reduce completion rates when we have communities that don’t wait for someone to reach a point of crisis before addressing their mental health.

We will reduce rates by raising the visibility of resources for support through outreach and by providing mental health education to empower a grassroots movement of peer-to-peer proactive prevention.

Events like these are the reason HFTD has been able to spread the conversation on mental health and suicide prevention across North America, Europe, and Australia. As our outreach grows, we’ve been able to enhance our tools to educate and empower individuals to be the one to start that conversation in their community.

The Humboldt Mile would not be possible without the support of Dark Matter Coffee and Three Run Two running club. Thank you to Nike for providing event shirts and bag check. We’re thankful of the support from,  MB Financial BankThe Neuroscience CenterAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention IL chapter, B96 FM Chicago, Mikkeller BrewingEssentia Water, and Inspired Catering. Plus a big salute to Lakeshore Athletic Services, who provided our race timing and course equipment. This was a massive community undertaking and we appreciate the support of 26th Ward Alderman Robert Maldonado’s office. Thanks to the superb staff and supervisors at Humboldt Park who coordinated with us. Thank you, Chicago Park District, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Department of Transportation, and Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation.

Finally, HFTD would like to recognize the most crucial element of our events, all the staff and volunteer personnel who contributed their time on race day and in preparation - YOU ALL ROCK! We hope to see you and many more next year for our third annual ONE MILE RUN! Thank you everyone who came out! Check out the gallery to see all the folks who helped make this event a success!  
[Photos Credit: Micaela Gallego Bernal, Anam Merchant, Gina Scarpino, David Jaewon Oh, Rob Haberman