Date: November 1st, 2020, Towson University, Towson, MD 21252 Directions

Postponed to 2021 - JWB Mental Health Foundation Baltimore 5K and Family Fun Run and JWB Global 5K

Thank you so much for your continued patience and support as we navigate the changing landscape due to COVID-19. We have been working closely with our partners to deliver an amazing experience for runners at our Baltimore race, and virtual runners around the world. Unfortunately, that experience will have to wait a little longer. Due to the many unknowns still present, Towson University has officially cancelled all special events taking place on campus for the remainder of 2020. While the option to transition to a fully virtual race was explored, we came to the conclusion that the positivity and power of this event comes largely from the ability to gather together in our local community. The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation Baltimore 5k and Family Fun Run & JWB Global 5k will be rescheduled for the spring of 2021.

Your support is needed now more than ever, and we are working with Towson University to identify a new race date in 2021. Current registrants will be notified when the new date has been set, and entries will be automatically transferred. Your words of encouragement and support have meant the world to us during this difficult time, and we look forward to coming together next year to help people live happier, healthier lives!


Towson University - Johnny Unitas Stadium
7500 Osler Drive
Towson, MD US 21252
OR, at your own local track, trail, or treadmill anywhere in the world!


On Sunday, November 1st, 2020 – YOU, can take the lead for mental health!

The 4th Annual John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation Baltimore 5K and 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk will follow a beautiful course on the wooded campus of Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland - starting from Towson's first-rate Johnny Unitas Stadium.

In addition to the Baltimore 5K, thousands from around the world will join in a Global 5K on their own local track, trail, or treadmill.

Did you know that in the U. S. approximately 1 in 5 adults, and 1 in 6 youth aged six to seventeen, experience a mental illness every year? Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among people age 10 - 34. And, other than pregnancy, mood disorders are the most common cause of hospitalization for all people in the U.S. under age 45. Nearly every person reading this either has themselves or has a loved one who has struggled with mental illness.

We all know that mental and emotional well-being are boosted by exercise and fitness, nutrition and healthy eating, and mind-body practices - but the vast majority of people seeking help for mental illness won’t be offered these as part of their treatment.  It’s time to expand our approaches to address the whole person - body, mind and spirit.

Our foundation funds and promotes evidence-based research on how different forms of holistic treatments - such as exercise, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices - benefit mental health. We also bring fitness centers into mental health care facilities.

Every dollar we raise at the John W. Brick Foundation 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk will go to support research and programs for transforming our approach to preventing and treating mental illness. Our goal is to change the way we treat mental health. 

And you can help! Run. Walk. Donate. Raise Funds. However you choose to participate will help make the world a brighter place for millions of people.

Want to help people facing mental health challenges? 

Sponsor the JWB 5K
Register for the Baltimore JWB 5k      
Register for the One-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk
Register for the JWB Global 5K
Make a Donation or Register to Help Raise Funds (no run/walk)

You will be offered the opportunity to start or join a team when you register.


Entry Fees

Baltimore 5K Prices (t-shirt included)

$30 Registration fee through August 31st ($20 youth runners 10 and under ) - youth runner discount will be applied at check-out
$35 from September 1st up until packet pick up ($25 youth runners 10 and under) - youth runner discount will be applied at check-out
$40 if registering day of event and at packet pick up ($30 youth runners 10 and under) - youth runner discount will be applied at check-out

Baltimore One-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk Prices (t-shirt included)

$25 Registration fee ($15 youth runners 10 and under) - youth runner discount will be applied at check-out

Register for the Global 5K

Want to join thousands around the world who are taking the lead for mental health? Join the Global 5K! 

1) Register for the Global 5K for only $20! Every dollar raised goes to funding programs and research to change the way we treat mental health.
2) Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email. By April 1 (new date tbd), you will receive a printable running bib to wear during your 5K run or walk, and will be given the option of buying an exclusive JWB Global 5K t-shirt to wear during your run or walk, and for bragging rights later!
3) Run or walk a 5K on your local track, trail, or treadmill
4) Upload a picture of your run/walk on social with the hashtags #jwb5K2020 #taketheleadformentalhealth
5) That's it! You helped to expand our approaches to treating mental illness.



Want to do more?

Get some friends to join you! Either at your location or in their own. When you register, you can start a team or join a team. If you start a team, you’ll get an email with a link that you can send to invite people to join your team. Everyone registers individually, but ask your team to enter a team name you choose when they register. Or, join a team someone else has started!

Send an email and post on social media asking your friends, family, and colleagues to donate in honor of your run for mental health. You’ll receive a sample email and social media post in your confirmation email. There will be prizes for the top individual fundraiser, team that raises the most funds, and for one person selected randomly from ALL people who raise money, no matter how much!

Don’t want to run or walk??? You can still Take the Lead for Mental Health!!

If you don’t have time or ability to run or walk on the April 26th (new date tbd), you can still be a champion!! Make a donation, or become a champion for mental health by becoming a Fundraiser (you’ll set up a fundraising page, and invite your friends to make donations in person, by email, or on your social media!) 



All pre-registered runners will receive a gender specific t-shirt until supplies run out.
Pre and post race refreshments
Chances to win prizes and giveaways
We will also have plenty of children's activities as well as Vendors and Resources that support Mental Health, Fitness and Healthy Living!

Baltimore 5K Shirt:


One-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk Shirt:



Pre Race Day PPU's to be announced

Race Day: On-site starting at 7:30 AM.


Age group awards to the top three male and female finishers in the following age groups: 10 and under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering? We would love to have you. Click on volunteer link at top of page to sign up.

Volunteer Shirt:



The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation was founded by Victor and Lynne Brick in honor of Victor's oldest brother John, who suffered from schizophrenia his entire life and died of complications from the disease. Never, in all the years he received treatment for his illness, often in some of the finest mental health institutions in the country, was he put on a well-rounded program that included lifestyle choices, such as exercise, diet, or mind-body wellness, to help improve his condition.

From Victor and Lynne:​ “​We want to help people like my brother John. We want to save families from going through the heartache we experienced. We don’t think exercise is the only answer, but we think it is part of the answer. Through evidence-based research it is our hope to find out what part exercise can play in the treatment of mental illness, and what forms of exercise work best for different mental health issues.”

For more information on the Foundation, please visit our web site at

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Race Contact Info

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Towson University - Johnny Unitas Stadium
7500 Osler Drive
Towson, MD US 21252
OR, at your own local track, trail, or treadmill anywhere in the world!

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