I'm running to honor the memories of Fritz and Jack, two friends from my Montana high school who both died by suicide. I'm just hoping to do what I can to raise awareness and a bit more funding for suicide prevention efforts, and also looking forward to sharing the trail with the other teams.
I am running the BSTC for a cousin of mine who died from causes not officially declared suicide, though a combination of drug use and PTSD difficulties. Awareness into what actions lead to suicide could have been instrumental in saving his life. I am also running for myself. I have had my own set of difficulties in life and was close to suicide once. Being physically active, especially trail running, has been a huge benefit for my life.