2023 Run for Our Lives 5K Fun Run & Walk - USD

April 22, 2023 @ 9:30AM — 1:00PM Central Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

Prentis Park - South Shelter: 902 E Clark St Park in the pool baseball/pool parking lot off Prentis Avenue.  Please, no vehicles on the grass.  Vermillion, SD 57069 Get Directions

2023 Run for Our Lives 5K Fun Run & Walk - USD image

Move Your Feet to Support Suicide Prevention Programs at USD!

On Saturday, April 22, 2023, join our community and run (or walk) for our lives! Your support through the Run for Our Lives 5K Fun Run and Walk will raise funds for suicide prevention and mental health education programs at the University of South Dakota.

Student-organized and student-led, this event is hosted by the University of South Dakota Chapter of Lost&Found, a Sioux Falls-based nonprofit dedicated to youth and young adult suicide prevention. All donations and registration fees directly support Lost&Found student programs at the University of South Dakota.


Check-In Location – Prentis Park (902 E Clark St., Vermillion, SD 57069)

Please park in the baseball/pool lot off of Prentis Avenue. No parking on the grass is permitted.

  • Please check-in prior to the run/walk start.
  • Tickets can be purchased through time of Registration using this page. T-shirt available only for registrations prior to April 1st.
  • Run and walk routes will be provided at Registration.

Order of Events

Registration Opens – 9:30am

Introductions – 10:45am

Run and Walk Start – 11:00am

Brief Program & Thank You – Following the race.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled with no makeup date. Announcements will be made through the Facebook pages of Lost&Found and the University of South Dakota Campus Chapter. No refunds will be issued.

Honoring Those We’ve Lost:

The Run for Our Lives 5K Run and Walk is inspired by community and student advocates who have created spaces for suicide loss survivors to grieve their loved ones and for community members to take simple actions that can save lives—no matter what your “walk of life” may be.

Held for the first time at 3 campuses in eastern South Dakota, the Run for Our Lives 5K Fun Run and Walk builds on the foundation created by former USD staff member Janine Harris through Nikki’s Run, held in memory of her daughter, Nicole Vallie Harris. The first Nikki’s Run was held in Vermillion, SD in 2006 and raised more than $40,000 for USD students over the course of nearly 15 years. Last year, Adaya Plastow, a student at Dakota Wesleyan University, also organized a 5K for Mental Health event in Mitchell to honor a friend who had died by suicide. This year, through the combined efforts of student leaders at Dakota Wesleyan, Augustana, and the University of South Dakota, Run for Our Lives brings this spirit of support for student suicide prevention efforts to the Mitchell and Sioux Falls communities.

Through Run for Our Lives, we remember Nicole Vallie Harris and every friend and loved one we have lost to suicide. Run for Our Lives is also an opportunity for us to act so that peer-based, suicide prevention resources are available in our community.

Your presence here can make all the difference to someone receiving the support of Lost&Found campus resources. Let’s Run (and Walk) for Our Lives.

Join Another Run for Our Lives Event!

Learn more about the Run for Our Lives series of events on our website. Additional events are hosted by the Dakota Wesleyan University AND Augustana University Chapters of Lost&Found.

A big thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors
American Bank & Trust
First Western Bank
Gold Sponsor
Central Valley Dairy Supply
Silver Sponsor

Support us with a donation.