Inaugural LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA 5K will take place Saturday, August 7

In-person and virtual events offered

South Bend, Ind., July 28, 2021 – The first LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA 5K will take place on Saturday, August 7 at 8:00 a.m. and will feature a 5K run/walk, 1-mile fun run, and 1-mile survivor walk. The event, part of the City of South Bend Venues Parks & Arts Best Week Ever, will start and end at Potawatomi Park in South Bend. Both in-person and virtual event options are available.

Proceeds from this event will benefit LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA in the South Bend community. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a 12-week program offered at no cost to adult cancer survivors. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem.

“Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected,” said Crystal Jodarski, race director and healthy living coordinator at the YMCA of Greater Michiana. “This evidence-based physical activity and well-being program is designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.”

Race registration is currently open. Participants can register for $30 per person, or $25 per person for households of 2-8 participants through race day. To register, please visit

Virtual participants can run the distance anywhere—for example, in a neighborhood, on a treadmill, or at a nearby park. Participants will have between Saturday, August 7, and Sunday, August 15 to complete their race and upload their times. Virtual runners will receive this year’s race shirt and official race bib (subject to availability).  

The event will follow all COVID-19 guidelines recommended by the CDC and state of Indiana.

Universal Forest Products of Granger is the event’s major sponsor.

About YMCA of Greater Michiana:

Driven by its founding mission, the Y has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community for more than 175 years. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships, and well-being, igniting youth empowerment and demonstrating the importance of connections in and across 10,000 communities nationwide. For more information visit

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