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Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s Virtual 5K Race of Hope, the same race that has been a summer highlight in Southampton since 2015. This year, all registered runners and walkers can choose their own race route wherever they may be in the country. This year, all runners and walkers who sign up will choose their own race route, whether it’s their favorite beach, neighborhood street, or treadmill.  Participants also have the option to extend their race distance to a 10k (6.2 miles), 15k (9.3 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles) or marathon (26.2 miles).   The Virtual Race live broadcast event on Sunday, August 2 will feature participants’ messages of hope and a Grand Marshal welcome message prior to the race starting at 8:30 AM.  Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane, a Race Ambassador, will have hopeful messages for Race participants as they complete the Race. 

 100% of the funds raised will go directly to research that will transform the way depression is viewed, diagnosed, treated and prevented. For more information or to register, visit: https://www.raceofhopeseries.com/

Here’s how it works: 

 1.) Go online to www.raceofhopeseries.com and register for the Virtual Race for a fee of $40,

2.) You will then receive fabulous signature Race of Hope gear in the mail,

3.) There will be an online opening ceremony and countdown for the Race on August 2 at 8 AM,

4.) Participants can run or walk their race after the virtual countdown on August 2, or they can march to their own drum and complete the race at any time that is perfect for them.

 Anyone who registers can participate in HDRF’s social media contest called #Share Hope. Find out about the social media contest on https://www.raceofhopeseries.com/contest. Everyone who has sent in a video or photo of themselves running or walking is eligible.  Up to 50 lucky winners will have submissions featured on HDRF’s social media pages, leading up to and/or during the online opening ceremony on Sunday August 2 at 8 am. They will also receive a sturdy and practical Hope for Depression Research Foundation signature canvas tote.