Pictured: The first place male was Carson Niccum with a time of 21:21

On September 11th, 2021, New Hope Clubhouse held the 9th Annual “Stomp out the Stigma” 5K Run/Walk at Bixler Lake Park, in Kendallville, IN.

The Stomp Out the Stigma 5K was started to increase awareness surrounding mental illness in our communities. Since its inception, funds raised from the sponsorship have assisted New Hope with furthering the Employment and Educational services offered at the Clubhouse. Our goal is to continue to break down barriers surrounding mental illness in Northeast Indiana.

The first place women was Laura Silver with a time of 27:50

Over 165 persons, from all over Northeast Indiana, participated in this year’s event which circled Bixler Lake incorporating both pavement and trails. Prizes were awarded to the first place male and female finishers. The first place male finisher, with a time of 21 minutes and 21 seconds, was Carson Niccum. The first place female finisher with a time of 27 minutes and 50 seconds was Laura Silver.

Nearly 60 area organizations helped sponsor this year’s event. Highest level sponsors for the 2021 event included Best Deal Auto Sales Inc., American Legion Angola Post 31, Therma Tru Doors, and Alum-Elec Structures Inc.

New Hope Clubhouse, located in Kendallville, IN, provides rehabilitation and growth opportunities for adult men and women living with mental illness in Northeast Indiana. Clubhouse serves residents of Noble, Steuben, DeKalb, and LaGrange Counties.