Join Centerstone for our 19th Annual Life;Story 5K/10K Run or Walk

Life;Story – our annual event to share the message that suicide is preventable – will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at beautiful Nathan Benderson Park. You can also join us virtually September 18 through September 25, 2021!

“If you ever have any suicidal thoughts or feelings in the future, what I want you to try to remember is all these shirts out here today. We’re here because we care. We’re here because we want to bring you hope, and we want you to be here and continue your Life;Story.”

Melissa Larkin-Skinner, Regional CEO of Centerstone

Life;Story – our annual event to share the message that suicide is preventable – will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at beautiful Nathan Benderson Park.

Sharing a message of hope and healing is the primary purpose of Life;Story, creating a place for caring people to come together and celebrate the value of every individual. It’s an opportunity to join as a community, united in our desire to support people struggling with mental health and substance use conditions. Life;Story proceeds will provide crisis care at Centerstone for people with little or no resources.

You may also join us virtually – run or walk anytime, anywhere from September 18 through the early morning of September 25, 2021. You must have your time submitted before 9 a.m. ET to be eligible for awards.

Register now! Early bird pricing is in effect for adult registrations – prices increase on August 16, 2021.


The 2021 participant shirt and finisher medal will be available for the first 1,000 to register by August 15, or as supply allows. Chip-timing is by Fit2Time. All decisions of Fit2Time are final. Participants with pets and strollers are welcome. Complimentary parking will be available on the Athletic Island.

We will continue to monitor pandemic requirements and make adjustments to race format as necessary.

Life;Story FAQs

Why should you participate in Centerstone’s Life;Story Run/Walk?

  • Raising awareness about suicide prevention is important to you.
  • You believe it’s important to eliminate the stigma around seeking treatment to improve mental health and substance use conditions.
  • To celebrate the hope and healing that can be found through a caring family, community, and professional support and services.
  • You want to ensure crisis services are available to people struggling with mental health and substance use conditions.
  • To walk or run in loving memory of a person who died by suicide – to continue their Life;Story.
  • You enjoy experiencing the outdoors with friendly and kind people.
  • To help Centerstone “deliver care that changes people’s lives.”

Who may participate in Life;Story?

Anyone (ages 3 and up) anywhere across the globe may participate in the Life;Story 5K/10K event. If you’re not a runner or walker and don’t want a race shirt or medal, participate by making a donation to your favorite runner or walker’s fundraising page and help Centerstone “deliver care that changes people’s lives.” If you’d like to volunteer on race day (September 25, 2021) at Nathan Benderson Park, contact LifeStory@centerstone.org.

What’s the meaning of the semicolon (;)?

A semicolon is a punctuation mark that indicates there is more to come – unlike a period which indicates the end. Every life has a story worth telling. Whether you have lost a loved one to suicide or have experienced difficulties yourself, know it does not represent the end; there is more to come.

What charity does Life;Story 5K/10K support?

Life;Story proceeds help ensure that Centerstone crisis services are available to our community.

How much does registration cost?

Until Aug. 15 Aug. 16 – Sep. 24
Adults 10K Run $40 $45
Adults 5K Run or Walk $35 $40
Virtual 5K Run, 10K Run, or Walk $40 $40
Students (ages 13-18) – any event $15 $15
Kids’ Races (ages 3-12) $11 $11

Will I get a shirt and finisher medal?

Register EARLY! A 2021 Life;Story t-shirt and commemorative finisher medal is available for the first 1,000 entrants who register before August 15, 2021 or as supply allows.

How does participating virtually work?

The virtual event may be completed in a location and time of your choice – supporting a great cause and get a cool running shirt and finisher medal. Remember, there’s more to your life; there’s more to your story.

  1. Register for the virtual event – choose which distance (10K Run or 5K Run/Walk) you would like to complete.
  2. Choose your own route – run/walk/jog the distance to complete virtually – anytime between September 18 and the morning of September 25, 2021.
  3. Share your personal fundraising link with friends and family across the county, so they may show their support for your participation and give to the Life;Story mission.
  4. Submit your results! Results are accepted anytime between September 18 and 9 a.m. ET on September 25, 2021. Submission instructions will be included in the participant event packets.
  5. Then, don’t miss the video of the Life;Story program and awards. Return here to access the link to the video.

May my friends and I register as a team?

Yes, you may create teams in memory or in honor of a loved one when you register. Teams may also be corporate, school, families, etc. Team names will be printed on the back of the event shirt for teams with 15 or more participants registered under the same team name on or before August 15, 2021. Teams reaching 15 members after that date will not have the team name printed on the shirts.

When will my shirt/medal be shipped?

Shirts and medals will be included in the participant event packets to be distributed prior to September 18, 2021.

For more info

For sponsorship or volunteer information, contact Nancy Low at lifestory@centerstone.org or call 941-782-4341.

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TRIBUTE Presenting Sponsors

  • sunset automotive logo
  • patricia lucas logo

ELITE Course Sponsors

  • apex logo

STAR Bib Sponsors

  • international auto spa logo
  • cn community health logo
  • hendrick honda logo
  • brown & brown daytona beach logo


  • Ajax Paving Industries, Inc.
  • Florida Patio Furniture, Inc.
  • Porges, Hamlin, Knowles, & Hawk
  • Oakmont Capital Resources, Inc.
  • Ramos Center for Interventional and Functional Pain Medicine
  • Pelican Painting Company
  • ObservSMART

BRIDGE Partners

  • Snackworks
  • Suncoast Behavioral Health
  • Giselle Stolper and Bob Collins
  • NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties
  • Sarasota Children’s Clinic
  • Blue Rock Search
  • Gulfside Bank
  • Fitlife Foods

Centerstone is a not-for-profit health system providing mental health and substance use disorder treatments. Services are available nationally through the operation of outpatient clinics, residential programs, the use of telehealth and an inpatient hospital. Centerstone also features specialized programs for the military community, therapeutic foster care, children’s services and employee assistance programs. Centerstone’s Research Institute provides guidance through research and technology, leveraging the best practices for use in all our communities. Centerstone’s Foundation secures philanthropic resources to support the work and mission of delivering care that changes people’s lives.