The first Happiness Through Grace 5K, bringing awareness to mental health was a HUGE success, with just over $6000 raised for 2 local non-profits!!



The Matthews Help Center provides crisis assistance for individuals and families to lessen mental health stressors such as financial needs, food, clothing, household items, transportation and much more.

The Matthews Free Medical Clinic provides behavioral health services, primary care, chiropractic, chronic disease management, and many other services





  • $1000 donation provides an entire year of health care for a patient.
  • $500 provides 10 patients with lifesaving health maintenance and cancer screenings.
  • $250 provides 3 diabetic patients with an entire year of test strips and a glucometer.
  • $100 provides 3 patients with hypertension a blood pressure cuff to monitor at home





Other Highlights from the Race:

  • 282 participants registered, each selected a colored bib in support, in memory of, or as a fighter of mental illness.
  • 35 volunteers
  • 10 vendors
  • 10 policeman and 2 EMTS overseeing the course
  • 1 certified race course timed by Start2Finish Race Management

And Lots of fun, food, and support from spectators