• Participation details announced for 2020 SPARC of Hope Virtual 5k Run/Walk

    SPARC cares deeply for the health and safety of our community, and with that spirit in mind, has moved our annual SPARC of Hope event to a virtual platform. The virtual run/walk will be held over a two-week period with the intent that individuals can choose a time and place to participate that best supports proper social distancing and adherence to state and local guidelines about physical gatherings. We urge you to keep six feet of distance, wear a mask if you are in close proximity to others, and stick with walking/running individually, or with people in your "bubble."

    Participants are encouraged to download the printable bib, wear their favorite SPARC swag or Blue/Green t-shirt, and submit participation photos by using the hashtag #sparcofhope2020 on Facebook and Instagram. Photos can also be submitted to the Facebook Event. We hope to see SPARC of Hope participants in new and exciting locations! Registration is free and participants are encouraged to make a donation only if they are able.

    We understand that this pandemic has put incredible stress on many families from all angles, including physical, mental, work, school, and financial. Some have lost close friends or family members to the pandemic, including losses by suicide. The impact that the lack of connection we are all experiencing right now cannot be overstated. We encourage you to reach out to loved ones, as we never know the depths to which someone may be suffering. We hope that this virtual event gives you a chance to connect with loved ones, start a conversation, and bring awareness to a very important topic.

    SPARC plans to share other awareness events this fall, such as free trainings and speaker events, via our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Sparchope/. Follow us to learn more!

    Interested in making a donation? Your donation helps SPARC sponsor trainings, increase access to suicide prevention programs, and provide free lethal means safety to our community.

    Thank you for your participation, and we look forward to walking “with” you on October 16th – October 30th!


To Register For SPARC OF HOPE Walk, Click Here

Teams Signed Up For The Walk

For team rosters, click here
Andrew's Walking Warriors/Robin Schuler 4 $0.00 $229.00
Beth's Luminaries/Clara Coscia 11 $200.00 $265.00
Blue Ridge Poison Center TEAM TOX/Kristin Wenger 11 $0.00 $0.00
Heroes of Hope/Rene Hounshell 4 $150.00 $50.00
JTZ's Super Slow Walkers/John Summer 1 $200.00 $100.00
Mitchell Hash Foundation/Cynthia Hash 2 $1,000.00 $1,050.00
Resilience Rockstars/Emily Warren 24 $0.00 $55.00
Sandy Run Striders/Janet Steele 7 $250.00 $300.00
Seeds of Strength/Karin Sewell 7 $100.00 $145.00