The 437 Project was born of a passion for bolstering both physical and mental wellness and the often overlooked connection between the two. In 2023, the 2nd annual 437 Project will run 437 miles across the state of South Dakota, raising funds to support the Helpline Center. The Helpline Center is the only accredited suicide crisis center in the state of South Dakota. It serves thousands of people each year by organizing local agency volunteers, and offering hope to individuals with thoughts of suicide.
This group of twelve runners is made up of community leaders who will stop at nothing to influence and create positive change in the Mount Rushmore State. On Thursday, September 21st, runners will depart from the west side of the state to begin the 437 mile relay-style journey. Tackling the ever-changing South Dakota weather and terrain, runners will connect with communities as they raise funds and awareness for this initiative, finishing in Sioux Falls on Sunday, September 24th.
How Can I Help?
Each year over 48,000 people die by suicide in the United States leaving behind thousands of loves ones to endure this life-changing loss. The Helpline Center has created an online support system to help loss survivors across South Dakota through their journey of healing. The website helplinecenter.org/loss provides grief information, connections to healing resources and has a beautiful memorial wall where memories of loved ones can be shared.
Your donation to The 437 Project provides ongoing support to someone who has lost a family member or friend to suicide, connecting them with resources and support groups at the Helpline Center to guide them through the grieving process. Your contributions will also support marketing the 988 Lifeline across the state to build an awareness of where individuals can turn for help when a mental health or substance use crisis occurs 24/7.
We're thrilled to introduce you to our 2023 runners of The 437 Project! Listed below are their individual fundraising pages where each runner shares more about their "why" they are taking part in the 437-mile trek across the state of South Dakota.