BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a period of time that’s been set aside for activities that aim to shift public perception of an often taboo subject, spread hope, and share vital information with people who’ve been affected by suicide.

This is exactly what the Louisiana State Troopers Association- Louisiana Troopers Charity and several other local agencies are preparing to do as they sponsor Baton Rouge’s second annual Uphill Climb 5k and Walk.

What to expect at the race

On the day of the Uphill Climb 5k and Walk, participants will pay a $35 registration fee and then begin the race at the Baton Rouge Police Headquarters in front of the Fallen Officer Memorial.

The race will continue on to the Louisiana State Police Fallen Officer Memorial and reach its conclusion on the top of the Baton Rouge Police parking garage.

At the end of the race, runners will be awarded medals and the fun will continue as participants enjoy a few more activities that the event’s coordinators have in store.

The event will take place Saturday, September 3 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Registration will open at 4 p.m. and it’s important to note that only cash or checks will be accepted. Event organizers say checks should be written out to Behind the Line.

Sponsor Information

Other sponsors of the event include Behind the Line, a nonprofit that supports first responders and their families, and Baton Rouge General Hospital.

As a charitable event that was designed to highlight the importance of mental health and suicide awareness, all proceeds will go to the Bryan Thompson Scholarship Fund, BLUE Help, and Survive First.

Additional information

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