Alive & Running Iowa was formed in 2010 by Troy and Candice Belmer along with Ryan and Melissa Nesbit. The nonprofit organization is completely volunteer-led and uses all funds to raise awareness of suicide prevention. The organization uses the money to hold free trainings as they feel education is key to preventing suicide. They also have donated to MercyOne, UnityPoint Health, Black Hawk Grundy Mental Health and Cedar Valley Hospice to support work toward the cause. In addition to suicide prevention work, Alive & Running Iowa also hosts two grief support groups in Waverly and Waterloo for those who have experienced a loss due to suicide.

; My Ascension

FREE movie showing of My Ascension

Saturday, October 22, 2022 @ 2pm

Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

Q & A Session with Emma Benoit following the film (about 3:30pm).

FREE and open to the public, no ticket required.

Doors open at 1:15pm, and vendor booths will be set up prior to the show. Mental health professionals will be available during and after the event.

This FREE event is made possible through the generosity of Alive and Running Iowa, Cedar Valley United Way, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and UnityPoint Health - Black Hawk Grundy Mental Health Center.

; 2022 Event

Friday & Saturday, June 17-18, 2022

Remembrance Ceremony Friday at dusk

5K Run/Walk Saturday 7:30am

$15 w/short sleeve t-shirt

$20 w/tank top

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Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-34 in Iowa.


Average number of suicides per day in the US.


Over five times as many people in Iowa died by suicide in 2019 than in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.


Of adults surveyed in the US think suicide can be prevented.



Suicide Prevention Month

September 1-30, 2022

4th - 10th

Suicide Prevention Week

September 4-10, 2022


World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2022