Press Release: Dick Beardsley to speak as Keynote Speaker at 5th Annual Event

5th Annual Thumbs Up 5K & 10K Run/Walk/Bike/Blade Event

September 7th, 2018

Elk River, MN – Thumbs Up 5K & 10K announced today that legendary marathon runner, Dick Beardsley will speak at the 5th Annual Thumbs Up 5K & 10K event.  The event is Saturday, September 29th at Orono Park in Elk River, Minnesota.  Dick Beardsley is most famous for his record breaking time in the 1982 Boston Marathon.  Dick has a compelling story about his struggles with opioid addiction, a near death farming accident, and the recent loss of his son to suicide. Beardsley will also be doing a fun run the day before the event on Friday, September 28th from 4-7pm at Orono Park in Elk River.  This is a free fun run for anyone that would like to join in on the fun!

Thumbs Up is a nonprofit raising money for mental health and suicide prevention.  We formed in June of 2014 after several people in the Elk River Community has experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide.  “There was a great need for this event in our community.”  Katie Shatusky, founder of the Thumbs Up 5K & 10K said.  “Sadly, every member of our committee and board has experienced the devastating loss of a loved one to suicide.  We cannot continue to watch our community suffer through these losses alone, we must do more to educate people on the signs of suicide, prevention and also offer resources so that they are able to get the help that they need.” said Shatusky.

Our mission statement is:  We value life and we aspire to help others in our community by talking about mental health.  “I have made it my personal mission in life to help others who are suffering and to let them know that there is hope and there is help” said Shatusky.

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