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Wellness Walk & Run 2023

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? Collective Initiatives Inc believes that mental health is an essential element to the advancement of Black and Latinx people and communities. It affects how we think, feel, and act. But it doesn't stop there, physical health and social engagement are also key components!

With that in mind (pun intended), we invite you to support Collective Intiaitives Inc’s  2nd annual Wellness Walk & Run on Sunday, May 21, 2023, 8 AM - 11:30 AM CST.  We're gathering in the Dan Ryan Wood - North Picnic Grove 15 at 8300 S. Western ave. Chicago, IL 60620 to walk, run, and socialize together. 

But wait, there’s more! This event not only benefits Collective Initiatives Inc. but 2 other nonprofit organizations! We’ve partnered with Lord and Angell House and Rooting on Me Inc to further our shared vision of healthy prosperous Black and Brown people and communities. 

Event Activities

Group Stretching


8:00 am
8:30 am
8:45 am
9:00 am
10: 00 am
10:30 am

Packet Pick Up
Opening Remarks
Walk/Run Begins
Cool Down & Guided Meditation
Closing Remarks


Entertainment & Activities

Live music with DJ Bman, self-care bingo and Jenga with Rooting on Me Inc, group stretching and meditation with Woke Chicago,  health screenings from His Hands Healthcare Services, cornhole, kickball, a bounce house, and more!

Playing Soccer

Information for Attendees

Jogging Partners

Runners & Walkers

Check in at the main shelter with the large red "Check-In" flag.

Packet PickUp
Packet Pickup will ONLY take place on Race Day. You will receive your race packet at check-in. 

Gear Check

Walkers and Runners are welcome to use gear check to secure their belongings. Gear check is located at the check-in table. 


The 1-mile will be held on the Dan Ryan Loop (the blue circle on the course map). The 5K will be on Major Taylor Trail (the red line on the course map). The 5K will begin at Grove 15, taking the trail southeast to 91st and Beverly Blvd and then turning around to complete the second half of the 5K.  Children in Strollers  Strollers are allowed for your children, provided you indicate this during check-in.  In addition to indicating this at check-in, we require you to start in the last corral on the Dan Ryan Loop regardless of your distance. In the interest of safety for you, your child(ren), and all participants, you must use caution and yield the right of way to other runners. Fundraising Commitment You have until Sunday, May 28th, 11:59 PM CST to fulfill your fundraising commitment.

Volunteer Team


Arrival & Departure
Please contact us if you need to confirm the time of your volunteer shift. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your shift and check in with staff at the main shelter with the large red "Check-In" flag.  At the end of your shift, be sure to check out before leaving the event. 


Volunteers are asked to wear comfortable pants and closed-toed, comfortable shoes. You will be given an event t-shirt when you check in.


Snacks, water, and other light refreshments will be provided on Race Day. We encourage you to eat breakfast before you arrive. Cancelation or Late Arrival We are counting on every single volunteer to have a successful event. However, if unforeseen circumstances cause you to have to cancel or arrive late to the event, please call/text Jarvis Freeman at (773)669-6039 so that we can plan accordingly. Duties Please review the Volunteer Role Description and let Jarvis know your preferred role by Friday, May 19th, 11:59 PM CST. We also want to remind you that events are exciting and sometimes unpredictable. Please be flexible as you may be asked to fulfill a role that you did not request.

Outdoor Family Day

Spectators & Visitors

With the exception of walking or running on the designated trails, spectators are welcome to join in on event activities. Simply check in with our staff at the main shelter with the large red "Check-In" flag, and enjoy the festivities. 


You have the option to grab your yoga mate to take part in the warmup, cooldown, or group mediation. Bring a chair and listen to summertime beats. Round up friends and family to play games suitable for all ages. 

We'd also ask that you consider making a donation to support our work.

Sponsors, Partners, and Allies

Additional Information


Packet Pickup
Race Day ONLY - 8:00 am

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