Free event exceeds anticipated attendance, highlights important prevention messages
Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone, the nation’s leading not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services, hosted a free mud run race on August 18 at Nashville Metro’s Peeler Park in Madison, Tenn. The Music City Mud Run exceeded anticipated attendance by 35 percent, attracting approximately 675 attendees, including 575 registered runners and an additional 100 spectators.
Named the Music City Mud Run, the 5K timed race and untimed one mile fun run was presented as part of Be in Charge, Centerstone’s teen pregnancy prevention program, which is available in several Middle Tennessee counties. Participants of all ages ran, sprinted, climbed, jumped and crawled through a muddy course.
Centerstone’s Be in Charge program encourages youth to make healthy choices, avoid risky situations and overcome obstacles – and the Music City Mud Run challenged participants to do the same.
“Centerstone was thrilled to be able to provide a fun, family-friendly event with a great message to Middle Tennesseans,” said Doris Vaughan, Centerstone’s Director of Prevention Services. “Through the Music City Mud Run, we not only wanted to raise awareness and provide education on teen pregnancy and other risky behaviors, but we also want to provide a memorable and exciting event that the entire family could learn from and enjoy together. We know this event served as an important starting point for vital conversations between parents and children.”
Throughout the Music City Mud Run, event attendees learned about preventing teen pregnancy and making healthy choices. Runners encountered signage with statistics about teen pregnancy and tips to help them stay safe and healthy. Event participants also faced course obstacles that required them to scale up and down the banks of the Cumberland River and crawl though waist- and neck-high mud pits.
The Music City Mud Run also featured a Healthy Runners Fair, including local organizations that provided race attendees and their families with information, games and prizes. Fair participants included the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Baptist Sports Medicine and Nashville Running Company.
Cameron Shaw of Hendersonville and Theresa Reasonover of Hermitage were the top male and female winners of the Music City Mud Run. Shaw completed the race with a time of 23:11 and Reasonover finished just behind him in 24:05. Both received mud-dipped trophies to honor their achievement.
Be in Charge offers both school-based and community-based education programs to decrease the number of teen pregnancies in Tennessee. Trained Centerstone Prevention Specialists teach group lessons in select schools on subjects like healthy relationship development and how to avoid risky situations. At the community level, Be in Charge conducts presentations and distributes information to educate parents, teachers and community leaders about how to help teens make healthy choices.
The Be in Charge program is fully funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health. It is offered to 26 counties in Middle Tennessee. To learn more about Centerstone’s Prevention Services and Be in Charge, please visit www.whoyouwant2be.org or contact Jillian Neal at 615-460-4181 or email@example.com.
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 55 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves nearly 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit www.centerstone.org.
Centerstone of Tennessee Board of Directors Secretary, Dr. Carmen Reagan, and Centerstone of Tennessee CEO, Dr. Bob Vero, volunteering at the Music City Mud Run.
A muddy, but happy, group of runners cross the finish line at the Music City Mud Run.
A mother and daughter cross the finish line during the Music City Mud Run untimed one mile fun run.
(l to r): Top Overall Male and Female Music City Mud Run winners, Cameron Shaw and Theresa Reasonover.