The Big Bear Stampede, a running event to boost awareness of depression, is set for Sept. 20 in Gardiner.
Events include a 5K trail to run or walk, a challenging 8K and a kids run.
The Big Bear Stampede honors the memory of Geoff Faerber, founder of “the Flying Pig Adventure Company,” and others who battle depression. The mission is to create awareness of depression and try to find help for those in need.
A personal goal for Pam Faerber, Geoff’s mom, is that Geoff’s children will not have shame in how their father died.
Since his death in 2011, his family has tried to help other families facing depression. A list of resources is on The Big Bear Stampede website. Tools that might be of help to others are easily accessed.
The Big Bear Stampede’s mission is to create awareness of depression as an illness. Big Bear has also provided training on suicide prevention to the community for teachers and lay people alike. The Big Bear also has assisted in bringing counselors into the community. The Big Bear Stampede wants to make it OK to ask for help and to talk about the illness.
Prizes totaling $1000 will be awarded plus metals for top finishers in each race by 10 year age groups, male and female.
For more information about the race or help for depression, go to www.bigbearstampede.org or contact Pam Faerber at firstname.lastname@example.org