The Cody Medical Foundation’s annual Beck Lake Challenge is Saturday and is an opportunity to raise money for mental health. 

The event, a walk-run to raise awareness for mental health issues in the region, attracted around 200 people last year.

Leading up to the event, Cody Mayor Matt Hall pronounced June 8th as Mental Health Awareness Day. It was a nod both to the event, and to the memory of David Bank,  who was the inspiration for the event.

All participants who complete at least one lap of the two-mile bike path will receive a finisher’s medal. The first 50 participants who complete more than three will also receive a special prize. The event is open to bikes, roller blades and just about any other mode of transit. The focus is on getting active.

Registration is at 9 a.m. and the first 300 contestants entered will receive a goodie bag. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

The run kicks off at 10 a.m., and is self-paced. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Participants are asked to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs. Rita Overfield, an advocate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness,will speak during the lunch. Resource tables from local organizations will also be set up.

In addition to same-day registration, online entry is also available. Interested parties can register or find more information online at


If you go

What: Getting active for mental health awareness.

When:Saturday, registration at 9 a.m., run at 10 a.m.

Where: Beck Lake bike loop

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