Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of Shea’s Chase 5K Run/Walk?

Shea’s Chase is a cause with a very appropriate “exercise in exercise”, a 5K run/walk, as its primary engine.  The core goals of Shea’s Chase are to help:

      • De-stigmatize mental health challenges
      • Communicate prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress as obstacles to contentment and productivity
      • Communicate hope, support, and love to sufferers and their family and friends
      • Communicate availability of services and programs to help manage health challenges and go on to live vital and content lives
      • Prevention of suicide
      • De-stigmatize suicide and lend support to survivors
      • Promote exercise as a tool in the fight
      • Help fund leading, local organizations aligned with the above
I am not a runner; can I still participate in Shea’s Chase?

Of course!  Shea’s Chase 5K is an event for runners, walkers, and everything in between.  We are also looking for assistance in the overall operation of the event, including community sponsors and volunteers.  Please use the Contact Us tab on the website to ask a specific question about your desired involvement in Shea’s Chase.

Where is the Mental Health Association in Greensboro (MHAG) located?

The Mental Health Association in Greensboro (MHAG) is located at 301 East Washington Street Suite 111 Greensboro, NC 27401 in the Dorothy Bardolph Human Services Building.  Although we are relatively new to this location, we have been based in Greensboro since 1940.

Is MHAG a for profit organization?

MHAG is a 501c3 private non-profit.  MHAG has numerous community partnerships, including United Way, Sandhills, and Lincoln Financial.   MHAG also works with a number of local businesses and individuals to host annual fundraising events and educational conferences to incorporate the entire community in raising awareness for mental health issues.

What is MHAG’s vision and mission in regards to mental health?

The Mental Health Association in Greensboro envisions a just, humane, and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity, and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and prejudice. Its mission is to provide leadership in identifying and addressing mental health needs, to serve as an advocate for those dealing with mental health challenges by promoting hope and recovery, and to provide services and programs that promote mental health and support recovery from mental illnesses.

How does MHAG connect to building relationships with community businesses and individual stakeholders?

MHAG’s employees and volunteers work with other community organizations and stakeholders to develop and implement initiatives that promote mental wellness, instead of focusing on mental illness and associated diagnoses.  MHAG’s individualized solutions, as well as collaborative community partnerships, are effective and cost efficient in promoting awareness, reducing stigma, and increasing overall wellness.  We hope to create a movement in our community where mental wellness is just as important as physical wellness.

How does MHAG add value to my business’ brand? (i.e. exposure at an event, website, publication, etc.)

As a sponsor of this annual event, you have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in the effort to raise awareness that overall wellness includes an equal balance of physical and mental wellness. Shea’s Chase sponsors will enhance their brand through pre-event and onsite print and website exposure.  Higher level sponsors will receive greater prominence on all marketing materials, event apparel, staff an information table onsite on race day and receive tickets to the launch party. Your participation exhibits a dedication to improving the overall wellness of your employees and your community.

How will the funds raised be used?

The Mental Health Association in Greensboro (MHAG) has been established as the sole benefactor of Shea’s Chase for 2016.  100% of the proceeds will go to supporting current programs and expanding MHAG services.  Below are some examples of how funds will be used.  Please contact us for more information regarding the use of funds raised by Shea’s Chase.

  • $15 Student Runner/Walker Fee: One community member can attend the QPR Suicide Awareness Program.
  • $30 Regular Runner/Walker Fee: One community member can receive 3 hours of peer-to-peer coaching to achieve recovery-oriented goals.
  • $500 Sponsorship: Nine community members (including community professionals and first responders) can attend the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid Program.
  • $1,000 Sponsorship: Can provide 40 hygiene and gift bags for patients at Moses Cone Behavioral Health Hospital for the Hands of Hope Program during the Holiday Season. 
  • $2,500 Sponsorship: Can fund the development and provision of 3 new recovery skills classes.
  • $5,000 Sponsorship: Funds 347 hours of wellness education, peer coaching, and support groups (most individuals participate in all three services on their recovery journey and may receive 200 hours of free services each).
  • $10,000 Sponsorship: Will fund a new Stand Up for Mental Health program to use comedy to give mental health consumers a powerful voice and help reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental illness.
Where do I pick up my packet?

There Will Be Two Packet Pick-up Periods.
LOCATION: Omega Sports Greensboro – 2431 Battleground Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408
DATES & TIMES
Thursday, November 10 from 3 – 7 PM

    Friday November 11 from 5 – 8 PM.
NOTE: Please try to pick up your packets early but late packets will also be available for pick-up at the site.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

Yes, someone can pick up your packet with valid photo ID (or photo of your photo ID)

What is included with my Shea’s Chase registration?

Included in race registration is a custom-designed t-shirt, beers/beverages and food at the Shea’s Chase After Party, coupons from local businesses, donation to the Mental Health Association in Greensboro and the opportunity to learn about mental health issues that surround us.

When does the race start?

The race starts at 11 am on November 12, 2016 in the Railyard at South End. (120 Barnhardt Street, Greensboro, NC 27401)

Can I run with a stroller and my kids?

Yes, running baby strollers are allowed but must have a minimum of 6” wheels.

Can I run with my dog?

Unfortunately for safety reasons we do not allow dogs, bicycles, inline skates, or any means of transportation other than running, walking, or wheelchairs.

Can spectators attend the Shea’s Chase after party?

Yes, we welcome all to attend the after-party! Suggested $5 or higher donation to the Mental Health Association in Greensboro

What happens if there is bad weather?

The race is on rain or shine! In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined.

Can I receive a refund if I am unable to participate in the race as planned?

Sorry, no refunds for any reason will be issued for this event. Entries cannot be transferred to another person. No exceptions will be made to this policy. Thank you for supporting Shea’s Chase and the Mental Health Association in Greensboro!

Where do I park?

Approximately 100 spaces will be available at The Railyard but are expected to fill early.  Volunteers will be stationed at the corner of Lewis Street and Elm St. (the Barnhardt St. entrance will be closed) to advise when The Railyard spots are full.  There is plentiful street parking in the area as well as lots on Elm St. (across from Natty Greene’s) and a large deck at Greene Street.

What kinds of services does MHAG provide?

The Mental Health Association in Greensboro advances mental wellness through various programs and services, including:

  • The Wellness Academy offers morning core classes and afternoon enrichment classes to promote recovery and explore a new way of living by focusing on strengths and goals and offering creative opportunities.
  • Support groups for individuals living with mental health diagnoses, as well as for their friends and family members.
  • One-on-one coaching with our staff of Certified Peer Support Specialists.
  • Community mental health education programs such as Mental Health First Aid training, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention program. Health Fairs and Mental Health Screenings, Provider Academy, Mental Health Recovery Summit, Peer Recovery Summit, and sponsored expert speakers.