Ridge Road Run Opens the Door to Talking About Suicide

first_img“Irefuse to have what happened to Jack be for nothing,” she said. LITTLESILVER – Dawn Wilcox, an avid runner who has organized her fair share ofraces, said she realized just how different the inaugural Ridge Road Run forSuicide Prevention was going to be last year while helping out at the racepacket pickup the day before the event. Eulner,19, who just wrapped up his freshman year at the University of South Carolina, willagain serve as co-director for the race. He agreed it wasn’t until participantsbegan to arrive to pick up race packets at Road Runner Sports in Shrewsbury theday before the race that he realized the impact the race would have. While heassumed most runners would be local, Eulner said he was surprised by big groupsthat arrived from North Jersey and one man who showed him photos of hisgrandson who had died by suicide and who just looked like a “popular, normalkid who played football,” said Eulner. Thisyear’s race will be held at RBR in Little Silver – a few miles down Ridge Roadfrom last year’s setting in Rumson – Sunday, May 19 and will feature a numberof events, including a 5K, a 1-mile fun run and kiddie dash. Proceeds for thisyear’s race will benefit local organizations, designated by each high school,which Wilcox said helps benefit members of the community. Proceeds from the race will benefit mental health programs at the three organizing high schools and the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County. Forthose wishing to watch the race and cheer on the runners, the course starts infront of RBR and heads down Harding Road to Rumson Road, loops through HanceAvenue and Vista Drive before heading back to the high school on Rumson Roadtoward Harding Road. Organizersare hoping for better weather than last year’s race day, which was cold andrainy with a driving wind. But that didn’t stop all involved from feeling thewarmth of what they were doing. Helooped in students from nearby high schools – and tapped into Wilcox’sexpertise organizing races – to establish the Ridge Road Run, which was held inApril 2018 at RFH. “TheRidge Road Run was more than just a platform for suicide awareness andprevention,” said Lori Jarck, mom to Pierce, a junior at RFH at the time of hisdeath and member of the school’s lacrosse team. “It was a place where we couldremember and honor the lives of our loved ones who died by suicide.” “Wehad family members coming in and showing pictures of loved ones they had lostand telling us why this was so important to them,” said Wilcox, who organizedthe Little Silver 5K for 10 years and continues in her role as one of threedirectors of the Ridge Road Run. “It was so emotional and the energy was justso different compared to other races.” Participantscan form a team or join one of the over 30 teams registered for this year’srace, like #loveyoumorejackmoore, a group running in honor of Jack Moore ofFair Haven, a college sophomore who died by suicide in 2016, or Breaking theBarriers, in memory of Matawan teen Jordan Phillips who died by suicide inApril 2017. Studentsfrom Red Bank Regional (RBR), Rumson Fair Haven (RFH) and Red Bank Catholic(RBC) high schools came together last year to organize the Ridge Road Run aftereach school community was touched by suicide. What they thought would be a wayfor students to put aside rivalries and unite in showing support for thosestruggling with mental health issues and beginning a discussion about suicide,instead grew into a sizable race that attracted almost 1,500 participants andraised over $118,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention andMental Health Association of Monmouth County.  This article originally appeared in the May 9-15 print edition of the The Two River Times. RBR junior Claudia Kelly, 17, Little Silver – who serves as race co-director again this year – said a number of people came up to her last year to say, “You don’t know how much this means to me.” Kelly, like most of the race’s organizers, had been touched by someone who struggled with depression and suicidal ideation and she wanted to do something that would give her peers an opportunity to start talking about it. Shrewsburyresident Michael Eulner was a senior at RBR last year. He was galvanized to dosomething to prevent another student suicide after seeing on social media howRFH students were impacted by the death of their classmate, Pierce Jarck, inOctober 2017. Mooresaid her mission since Jack’s death is to encourage open conversations aboutsuicide and the Ridge Road Run provides a platform to do that in a “verynon-threatening way.” But she thinks kids are more open to those discussions,which is important with all the stress and anxiety teens face and the addedpressures of social media. “We are a little snapshot of what’s going on in theworld today.” “I can’t change the past, but we can try to change the future,” said Phillips, whose son was a freshman at Matawan High School at the time of his death and a member of the school’s marching band. What’smost special about the race, according to Christine Moore – whose son, Jack,died by suicide in 2016 – was that students from three local high schoolsorganized it. “The kids embraced this on their own,” she said. “They didn’t doit because a grown-up told them it would be a good idea.” It’sthe stigma of suicide, Jarck said, that needs to be removed and people need tolearn how to talk about it, even though it can be difficult and uncomfortable. If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, there are people who want to help. Reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or Text HOME to 741741 to contact a trained crisis counselor. A confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey’s youth and young adults called 2nd Floor can be reached at 1-888-222-2228. LuannePhillips, whose son Jordan died by suicide in April 2017, will be at the raceagain this year and said she loved that the kids were the ones who organizedthe event and wanted to start the conversation. “It was reallyone of the most empowering days,” said Moore, Fair Haven, whose son Jack was 19and preparing to start his sophomore year at the University of Richmond when helost his battle with depression and anxiety. Reflecting on race day, she said, “Itwasn’t a sad day. I can’t stress that enough.” Get the 4-1-1 on the Ridge Road Run By Amy Byrnes The 5K race will kick off at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 1-mile fun run at 9:30 a.m. and a kiddie dash at 10 a.m. To sign up for a race, volunteer or make a donation, head to the Ridge Road Run website at ridgeroadrun.org. Describedby participants in last year’s race as “empowering” and “special,” this year’sRidge Road Run for Suicide Prevention is set for Sunday, May 19 at Red BankRegional High School in Little Silver and offers lots of opportunities toparticipate. Hesaid he thought, “This just can’t happen again,” and began talking to RBRadministrators and staff to see what he could organize to help shine a light onsuicide and mental health. As class president, he said he felt like he was in aposition to be able to create awareness throughout the Two River area. “Myson, Pierce, led a full, vibrant, loving and caring life and I hope that hewill be remembered how he lived and not how he died,” said Jarck. “The Ridge Road Run gave us the chance to outwardly and openly honor and remember our beloved Pierce.”last_img read more

Anderson tricks Riders as Rebels open Confernce final with a bang

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s didn’t take the Castlegar Rebels long to shake of any rust built up from a four-day layoff.Taylor Anderson scored three times and sniper Ryan Aynsley added three points as the Rebels crushed the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Eddie Mountain champs from Fernie 8-4 in game one of the Kootenay Conference Final Monday at the Memorial Arena.Game two of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday in Fernie.The difference in this game was Castlegar’s ability to make former mate and KIJHL great Andrew Walton look average in the Riders’ net.After a third-period power play goal Thomas Abenante brought Fernie back all the way from a 4-1 deficit, the Rebels picked up the offence to score four unanswered goals in the third period to complete the rout.Anderson, with his third of the game on the power play, got the rout going two minutes after Abenante’s tally.Diego Bartlett, Anthony Delong and Stuart Walton also scored in the third as Walton was chase from the net in favour of backup Fraser Abdallah.Aynsley and Spencer Brodt also scored for Castlegar.Marty Hicks, giving Fernie a short-lived 1-0 lead, Cale Wright and Jeff Zmurchyk replied for the Ghostriders.Castlegar out shot Fernie 36-31.Tempers flared in the final minutes of the game started when Abenante was whistled for a checking from behind penalty.Two players with ties to Nelson were in the lineup for the Riders.Former Leaf Connor McLaughlin, traded to Fernie at the January deadline, recorded an assist during game one.The other player is Matt Carr, an affiliate player with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League. Carr played nine games this season for Fernie.Dogs even series
In Osoyoos, Corey Allen scored at 8:33 of overtime to lift the Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Revelstoke Grizzlies in game two of the Okanagan Conference Final.The win allowed the Dogs to even the best-of-seven series at 1-1 after the Grizz scored a convincing 8-2 win Sunday.Brad Friedrich had tied the game for the defending KIJHL champs with just over two minutes remaining in the third period on the power play.Game three is Wednesday in Revelstoke.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

SANTA MONICA STAKES QUOTES

first_imgTRAINER QUOTES MARTIN GARCIA, SWEET MARINI, SECOND: “She got a little bit tired. We were going pretty fast up front and when we got to the stretch the other horse just got by us today.” ELVIS TRUJILLO, SAM’S SISTER, WINNER: “It was the perfect trip. I knew there was going to be a lot of speed in there and I knew it would be fast early on. But I knew that sooner or later they would have to stop. She’s a nice filly. I knew Martin (Garcia on Sweet Marini) would stop; it was too fast for three horses head-to-head.” JOCKEY QUOTEScenter_img JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SAM’S SISTER, WINNER: “We got a 22 and 43 (fractions), so it makes it a little easier to close ground. We thought that might happen, but then when Dancinthenightaway kind of shook loose a little bit, it looked a little bit risky. But we were able to sustain and run her down in the end.“I’m just taking these races one at a time (when asked if she might stretch out). We thought she would run long (entered in Saturday’s La Canada at 1 1/16 miles, but scratched), but we thought this was a more advantageous race, so that’s why we went here.“We’ll take a look at a few different things (races).”NOTES: The winning owners are Mark Dedomenico of Belleview, WA; Jerry Hollendorfer of Point Richmond, CA; and George Todaro of Seattle. -30-last_img read more