Virtual 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk
November 7 - November 14$25
Please join us the week of Saturday, November 7th through Saturday, November 14th, 2020 to raise funds for Equines for Freedom!
Equines for Freedom (EFF) is a nonprofit organization that treats active and former military personnel and First Responders who are experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), no matter the source of the trauma. EFF uses one of the most effective treatments available; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which offers clients a nontraditional approach to therapy. This therapy combines a licensed mental health professional, a certified equine specialist, and a therapy horse to create a research-based treatment model which strives to resolve emotional difficulties caused by disturbing, difficult, or frightening life experiences. The horse is an integral part of treatment because horses are prey animals and therefore are extremely alert and sensitive to the emotions of those around them. Clients learn to identify their own emotional state by observing the horse’s reactions. The horse also helps the client stay grounded as they process past traumas.
EFF has treated over 70 veterans to date including veterans from Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A common theme among those in treatment is that they have tried everything and nothing has been effective. They often state that this treatment model is the first thing that has really helped. The treatment of these veterans has been extremely successful and therefore we are working to expand to also treat First Responders through a separately funded program.
PTSD is a serious issue that needs everyone’s attention as it is estimated that there are 22 veteran suicides per day due to unresolved emotional difficulties. EFF set out to reduce veteran suicide and has worked diligently to fund well equipped treatment teams. The EFF board of directors is a group of volunteers working tirelessly to find funding through local fund raisers, community support, and a few grants.
Gift cards to area small businesses will be provided as prizes for our 5K age group winners as well as participants at random. Top male/female for the following age groups will receive a prize: 18 and under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75+. Run result data must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Saturday, November 14th to be eligible for an age group prize. Sign up on RunSignup.com!