As a psychologist I have an ethical duty to respect the worth and value the dignity of all people, and it is personally important to me that anyone who contacts me or my practice for services feels comfortable doing so.
Hearing about racism in the news and in my daily life has always affected me, but the past few months have led me to want to do more about it. I have been reading, listening to podcasts, and paying closer attention to news and other media; having discussions with various people; and researching and donating to organizations that promote racial equality.
Since I am an avid runner, I have spent all of June dedicating each run to someone lost due to racism, and recognizing important events, people, and organizations. If interested, you can check out my Instagram page @runnerpsych . In addition, I wanted to host an event that could bring people together and to continue talking about this issue, while raising funds for some non-profit organizations.
The race is called We Run Against Racism, and it will be held the weekend of July 11-12, 2020. Here are the details:
- This is a virtual race, and to participate is FREE…I wanted anyone to be able to participate who might like to.
- Donations are encouraged if you can and what you can, but not required. Donations can be made here.
- Donations can also be made for those who won’t be racing…on the event page.
- There are also options to do a 1-mile race, a 5k, a 5 miler, and a 10 miler, and participants can choose to walk, run, or hike their race.
- Race shirts are available for $12 for those who want one, and they will be shipped to your home after the event. Shirts guaranteed for the first 300 people who want one, registered by July 3, 2020. (International participants can order shirts, but there may be an extra charge for shipping. Shipping may also be delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions).
- Participants can upload their results to the race website after and will be eligible for prizes (top 3 male and top 3 female in each category).
- Participants are encouraged to share about their race on their social media or on the race Facebook page using the hashtag: #werunagainstracism
I wanted to share about the race here in order to spread the word about it. Here is the link if you are interested or care to share with others:
I hope you can join us or support it in some way. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Dr. Jesse Matthews