Charity Race for Mental Health

5th Annual Chas Foundation 8k Race & 5k Walk/Run 

This year’s September 28, 2019 event is sure to be bigger and better than ever!
Join us for this charity event in beautiful Suffolk, Virginia.
Registration is now open!

The Chas Foundation Run/Walk
This year’s event is sure to be bigger and better than ever.

A charity fundraiser event benefiting initiatives to improve the delivery of mental health care in the Hampton Roads area.  The race is a fast out and back course through the scenic Harbour View area of Suffolk that runs alongside a golf course and passes several beautiful lakes.  Ten year age group prizes from Running Etc. will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers.  Anyone setting a new course record will receive a $100 award card from Running Etc.  The Chas Foundation will have members and material on-site to explain how we are improving local mental health care with your support.   Coffee and doughnuts will be served after the race!


Entry fee:
$25 race fee + $2.50 signup fee*, $30 on race day;
$20 for members signing up as a running team of 4 or more individuals
* The $2.50 sign up fee is a service fee for processing your race application online.
Awards will be given to the first 3 finishers in each 5 year age bracket starting at age 10 years through age 70 years.
Flat fast course with scenic views of the Harbour View neighborhoods, golf course, and lakes.
Registration:  or same-day registration starting 7:30 a.m. at Towne Bank University.
Packet Pick Up:
Race day, Sep 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Towne Bank University, 6009 Harbour View Blvd., Suffolk, VA 23435.

Inclement Weather:
Applicant acknowledges that they will be participating in a charity outdoor event, which may be subject to sudden changes in weather, which may result in race delay or cancellation. No refunds will be offered.
This is an open course and vehicle traffic is possible on the course.
Time Limits:
Participants will need to be off the racecourse by 9:45 a.m.

On October 18, 2015, the Chas Foundation held its inaugural 8K Walk/Run in Suffolk.  The opportunity to broaden the organization to other municipalities was a key factor as well as partnering with a major nonprofit health organization, Bon Secours. Board Member, Dr. Mark Lawson spearheaded this effort.
Dr. Mark Lawson’s Story:  I have had many challenges in my life as a Naval Officer and physician but my greatest challenge was in trying to help my beautiful daughter cope with mental health issues.  I was shocked by how difficult it was in Tidewater to receive timely, adequate mental health care even as a member of the medical community.  My daughter’s needs progressively escalated with much of the burden of caring for her mental illness falling on the family.

The anxiety and worry were crushing at times as we searched for the resources to help her get better.  Even having excellent health insurance was of little help in getting the resources she needed.  We lost this beautiful young lady on January 23, 2013, and have dedicated ourselves to the advancement of effective mental health care and improved mental health resources for patients and families in Tidewater.  Being an avid runner, I thought to put on a charity race to raise funds for this cause was in order. The Chas Foundation 8K Run and 5K Walk/Run resulted from this personal loss.  100% of funds raised will go to supporting The Chas Foundation and improved mental health care in Hampton Roads.


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