Fifty – The Movie

Do you like to be inspired?

Do you love to see good people doing great things?

Imagine doing 50 MARATHONS | 50 PEAKS | 50 DAYS?

But this is not what’s the most impressive part of it.

This feat was accomplished by my friend and true inspirational person, Malcolm Law.

I myself know the effort that takes to run over 240 miles during during 7 straight days, which it is an average of 34 Miles per day in all type of weather conditions. Mal, did it for 50 straight days, climbing!

But, the real inspiration behind all of this is that Mal, Sally (his wife) and a tremendous team of people got not just a whole nation talking about Mental Health Awareness, but around the globe as well! While raising over $500.000.

As our own team is approaching to the date to start running 300 miles across WI and I personally will be covering 400 miles in just 2 weeks, all for Mental Health Awareness.

Watching this movie/documentary has become a motivator and major inspiration for me, I have also asked my team to consider watching this movie prior to the run and I believe that I will have the most inspired people ready to kick some ass-phalt across the beautiful State of Wisconsin.

PLEASE, PLEASE consider buying this movie and support a true hero, who is dedicating his passion for the outdoors to bring so much needed awareness to Mental Health.

http://www.fiftythemovie.co.nz/

I have my own copy- Believe me we spend more money on awful movies in the theaters – this one will feed your soul!

Help Wanted!

Ok our Wisconsin friends!

We are just over 100 days to get on the BSP journey across your lovely State.

We are in need of help, we are looking for lodging the days of

Thursday May 12th in or near the town of Albertville, WI.

Friday May 13th in or near the town of Wilson, WI.

We are 4 nice runners traveling. – We welcome any help! Our best experiences last year was while staying with families – we made amazing friendships that are very strong to this date.

If you are willing to help us or know of anyone who would like to host these runners, please e/mail us at bsprun@gmail/com.

Also as part of the run across Wisconsin, our main goal, as we did last May across Minnesota, is to reach out to Schools, organizations where we can stop by while on our running route and talk to them.

If you know of any news organizations on our route, please let us know.

Press coverage it is good for the message that we are attempting to bring too many out there- it is one of the best ways to reach out to people.

If you help us promote our run by posting flyers, send us an e/mail and I will mail you flyers to post.

The bottom line here is that Cheryl, Josh, Tanya, Kevin, Steve, Sam, Jill and Karrie are working very hard to bring hope to anyone who is looking for that spark of hope to make the right choice.

In Memoriam

We at Break the Stigma project want to start a new section and photo album called “In Memoriam.”

In the last 2 years I personally have read every statistic and number when it comes to suicide.

But how often do we get to see the faces and stories of those loved ones whom have gone before us?

This section will be exclusively dedicated to honor those amazing people who touched our lives in so many ways.

If you would like to share a loved one – please send us a photo and a short story to bsprun@gmail.com We will be adding a new tab to our website to share these images and stories.

We want to bring even more awareness by touching your live, while giving you hopes.

Hello Everyone! Exciting News

Break the Stigma Project will be running across Wisconsin from May 7th through May 14th, 2016.

We are still working on a route. But, I can tell you that it will depart from Algoma, WI and will move West towards Hudson, WI.

We are very excited about this new run and we can’t wait to be on the road again breaking some mental illness/mental health stigma.

Stay tuned!

Thank you!!

I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the first Break the Stigma Trail Races this morning out in Farmington, MN.

The volunteers, they are the reason of why events happen.

The Sponsors, their support allows us to keep on going on strong.

The runners, they made it happen.

First and most I want to apologize to every one for some of the problems that we had with the marking of the route. There was some confusion and we are going to learn from this. I will take full responsibility for this issue.

The one thing that I learned from today was that the people who came to this event today, weren’t there to compete against each other, or perhaps some were. But I could see that they were there to support a cause important to them, and so many of us. There was an atmosphere of celebration and to me it translates in celebrating life, triumphs. Knowing that our struggles are for real and that we are not along on this journey.

The day could had not been more beautiful for a run out in the woods and for people to be out there in a brand new park.

I was able to talk to a few people today at the event. Their kind words meant the world to me.

There was this older lady who wanted to know if I was the guy who ran across the State of Minnesota (or as she said walked). She was so happy to meet me and give me a big thank you for doing what I did.

Then there was another mother who came up to me and told me about losing her son to suicide and put her hand on my chest and told me that I am a hero for opening up the conversation on mental illness (I loved her accent).

There was another person who told me about her daughter struggles with mental illness and addiction. She also wanted to know how to get involved with the project, she want to help making a difference as well.

I can go on and on with stories like these ones. To me it never, ever gets old. I wish I could spend time talking to all of you and give you the time that you all deserve, as so many of you have given your time and support to BSP.

The truth is that I was, and continue to be touched by the support of so many of you and validating the reason why Break the Stigma should continue on.

The one question that many asked today was about the merchandise and how to buy some of the amazing gear that we have to offer. We did have some hats and we sold them out.

If you wish to support us by purchasing our merchandise, which it is not only gives us some “revenue,” but also allow us to open up the conversation on mental health.

Visit our website tab at: Break the Stigma merchandise

  • We pre-order our merchandise. I will be placing an order in the next 8 days.
  • Please follow the instructions on the web page or e/mail me your order at bsp_run@aol.com, if you think that you want to order and can not get the order in the mail within the next 7 days.
  • Also, pictures of the event should be available in the next couple of days.

Again, THANK YOU to every one of you who have made Break the Stigma possible!

 

Run across MN is approaching – just one week!

As the run is approaching, Just a week away!

We are going to post the route once again – We have decided that from Maple Plain on May 8th, we are taking the Baker Park Trails to Long Lake and stop at our friends of Gear West and say hi! From here we are going to get on the Luce Line to Theo Wirth Park and follow the Parkway to Cedar Lake Reg. Trail to Minneapolis and make a stop at Mill City Running on our way to St. Paul.

We will have hourly updates of our locations.  

Break the Stigma Run’s Route

Dawson, Montevideo.

Day 2 – May 5th 2015:

Montevideo, Maynard, Clara City, Raymond and Willmar.

Day 3 – May 6th 2015:

Willmar, Kandiyohi, Atwater, Grove City, Litchfield, Darwin and Dassel.

Day 4 – May 7th 2015:

Dassel, Cokato, Howard Lake, Waverly, Montrose, Delano, Independence and Maple Plain.

Day 5 – May 8th 2015:

Maple Plain, Long Lake, Wayzata, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Minneapolis and St. Paul’s State Capitol

Day 6 – May 9th 2015:

St. Paul at the State Capitol, North St. Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale and Stillwater

 

Miles is Memorium.

How to donate to Miles in Memorium?* (see below for explanation of Miles in Memorium).

2 choices:

You can go to our website at www.breakthestigmarun.com and donate using our donation tab and donate by using the Pay Pal option – this will not give you an option to include the name the person to whom you are dedicating the donation to, so please e/mail us that name to bsp_run@aol.com so we can add it to our list.

The second way to do so is by mailing your donation to

BSP, 2001 Wentworth Avenue, So St Paul MN 55075 – Please include the name of the person or organization you are donating to.

I struggle with depression every single day I wake up and I could not imagine not having the resources to cope with it. So please consider donating to make a difference on those who can’t afford it.

Thank you everyone!

* From now until the beginning of the run (May 4), for any donation over $25 you may designate someone and Julio will dedicate a portion of the run to that person.

We’re calling it Miles in Memorium. If you have lost a loved one to mental illness, this could be a meaningful way to honor the loss. You can also dedicate miles in honor of someone struggling, or in celebration of someone in recovery

How to help Break the Stigma Project?

There have been a lot of inquiries on how to help Break the Stigma Project.

So thank you for the interest! I will attempt to type this post without overwhelming everyone.

If you want to donate to our cause you have a few choices, you can donate directly to Break the Stigma Project website at http://www.breakthestigmarun.com/donate/ – also you can choose to donate to NAMI-MN on our webpage. If want to donate to your local NAMI, please go to NAMI’s national page and find your local branch.

Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases when you shop at AmazonSmile Please visit and find out how: smile.amazon.com

You can also buy our merchandise at http://www.breakthestigmarun.com/merchandise/ – we are working on tank tops for the Summer, stay tuned!

We have created an e/mail to help channel those questions/inquiries. Please e/mail us at: contact.us.bsp@gmail.com – As always we appreciate all the interest in helping this project!

** All donations to BSP are tax deductible – we are a nonprofit organization.

The biggest question is: How is the money going to be used?

We have partnered with Mental Health Resources Inc. – http://www.mhresources.org/

(MHR) is a progressive, nonprofit organization that offers community- based mental health services to adults recovering from mental illness.

Some of the money will allow us to have our run across Minnesota and have some of the flyers, information that we are going to be handing out on the road- but, this is limited to us as our purpose is to raise money for those in need.

A little more about Badwater Cape Fear Run

The purpose of life is to have adventures.

After I ran Voyageur 50 mile trail ultra in July 2014. This is the race that saw Break the Stigma Project Running Team being born, Mr. Chris Martin from Paragon Billing, our sponsor, talked to me about this Badwater Cape Fear Race in his beloved Wilmington, NC area, in Bald Head Island.

His idea was to fly the whole team to this race and run it. I didn’t know what to think of it at the time. I didn’t think it was possible to get the 4 of us there – we all work or go to school or both. But, last December Chris sent me a message once again and this time he wanted to get all the people ready and a commitment from everyone to fly out to North Carolina. All worked out well and on 5/20/15 we were on our way to Badwater Cape Fear, Bald Head Island North Carolina.

We arrived at Bald Head Island; I don’t think we were expecting much of this place. Sometimes it is nice to just go to a place that one has not heard much about and just discover it on your own, I sure felt that way. Just being near the ocean for a couple of days was a plus for us.

What I didn’t expect was to absolutely love this place from the second I stepped on it. The first thing I loved about it is that there are no motor vehicles allowed in this island, just golf carts and bicycles. It was great! This was obvious to me while running on the pavement the next morning- I could breathe!

We arrived later in the day, our friend Kim made a call to the race director and he was Ok with us to come over and pick up our bibs, even though it had been over one hour since the pick-up time was closed. Chris, the race director was very welcoming, which it made us feel very well.

The day of the race we were up and ready to go. The day was cool and a little breeze in the air. Perhaps cold for the locals, but not for a bunch of people from Minnesota and Wisconsin- we were in paradise baby! We’ve been running on negative temps all darn winter, anything over 35 degrees feels like summer at this time of the year for us.

I loved that the National Anthem was played right before the start of the race. I don’t remember the last time I heard the National Anthem being played prior to a race. It gives you a nice motivation to go for it.

Mike and Jake had a plan, it was to win this race, or at least give it the best shot at it. April is a great runner and competitor, I know she also wanted to enjoy it and take it easy. I am by far the weakest link on this team, I just wanted to have fun and meet people.

I ran with Chris Martin for a while until I had to stop for an early bathroom break while still on the pavement. Chris kept on going. I ran with this person, Todd from NC, even though he is from Philly, great person. I enter the only portion of trail we were going to run in the island- it was like being home in Northern Minnesota, I went as fast as I could, I loved it!

Once I got to the beach I was able to run with Breanna for a few miles. What a friendly and amazing human being she is! I am so impressed by her. I asked her if she would love to run for team BSP in some capacity. She said yes. Already a winning situation, thank you Breanna! You will hear more from this amazing person soon.

I wanted to make sure I would stop at the aid stations and say thank you to the volunteers, without them the races would simply stink. So, thank you volunteers once again!

All along the way out and back the runners in this race were a bunch of grown children having fun. You would not think this was an ultramarathon and at times hard by how many smiles, high fives were given to everyone along the way. It just made me relax and have even more fun. This is my only race of the year for me and I wanted to make it a good one to remember, for all the right reasons.

After I was done running I went for a short run again, back to the beach. I wanted to loosen up a little and also see some of the runners and cheer them up. Once I got back to the finish line there were people wanting to inquiry about Break the Stigma Project and the reason for it. I spoke to people who have been affected by Mental Illness in so many ways. The support and kind words were amazing, very kind people.

After winning the race Mike was asked how it felt to win the race. His words (not word by word) were that it is not about winning but to be here sharing the space with the ultra-community and spreading the word on Mental Health (BSP didn’t pay him to say that I promise).

Break the Stigma Runners are great runners. You may not have heard of them previously as their races are mostly in the Midwest. But, they are great runners and they are most importantly amazing human beings, all of them. That I can promise you! They are great ambassadors to breaking the stigma of mental illness.

The race was amazing for all of us. We got good results in the positions with 1st and 2nd in the Male and 2nd in Female 51 miles and 7th in the overall 50K. But, for us the biggest winner was Mental Health and the opportunity to open up the conversation even a little more.

Chris and Laurie and the rest of the Badwater peeps put on a great race and in the process found a place that it is as close to paradise as it gets in this planet- everyone should consider taking part of this event every year. Plus the money raised here is going to the BHI conservancy – no way to lose here!

Break the Stigma Project was born while running trails in Minnesota one day in July 2013 and since the project has been growing and reaching out to so many people- we want to educate everyone, from both sides of the spectrum that it is ok to talk about Mental Health issues that affect us all.