The Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series was developed by Adel B. Korkor, M.D. as a way to address the epidemic of mental health problems. His idea of running a 5k race in all 50 states in 50 days is a way to create a movement that will spread from one coast to the other, one state at a time.

The movement will kick off on April 27, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii and finish in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 15. For a full list of the cities and dates with information on each event, click here. If you are interested in being part of our tour, click here.

Our Mission

The mission of the Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series is to make the world a better place for those suffering from mental illness. The funds raised from this will be used by the Adel B. Korkor, M.D. Foundation to increase awareness, address the shortage of affordable care, emphasize the importance of wellness in mental health, fund research, and focus on underserved groups such as veterans, minorities and those suffering from addiction.


Adel B. Korkor, M.D.About Adel B. Korkor, M.D.

To run, has been a vital tool to improve and maintain my own mental health and essence, it has saved my life.

I have chosen to run in all 50 states to bring awareness to the wide scope of need for mental health all across our nation. I will achieve this in a mere 50 days, for we can not waste any more time in our effort to make a difference.

It is time to bring mental health to where it truly belongs, that is to the forefront of our healthcare and not as an extension, nor as an auxiliary component that we push aside when resources are limited.


It is time to move,
For there is no time to waste.
Let us work together.

Let there be a new life,
For all who suffer in silence.
Let these unheard voices be heard.

Let there be no stigma,
Let us all participate.
Join in the movement.

Run with me,
Walk with me.
Together, we will all make a difference.

Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series Team

Chris Ponteri - Run/Walk Series Organizer

Chris Ponteri
Run/Walk Series Organizer

Nick Resheske - Technology Coordinator

Nick Resheske
Technology Coordinator

Jen Olson - Community Outreach Coordinator

Jen Olson
Travel & Logistical Coordinator

Alexandra Ritchie - Social Media Manager

Alexandra Ritchie
Social Media Manager

Sara Fox Reilly - Support Staff

Sara Fox Reilly
Community Outreach Coordinator

Ryan Malone - Support Staff

Ryan Malone
Logistical Coordinator

Media Inquiries:  Please Contact Nicole Nelson at RedMoxy Communications


Interested in helping us in the fight for mental illness but can't participate in a run or walk? Then donate to 5.50.50. Your donation will help us bring awareness and understanding to those suffering from mental illness.


To see a list of our 5k run/walk events in each state or to register, click here.


We would like to thank our partners for making this journey across the United States possible. If you or your organization are interested in becoming one of our partners, please click on the button to download a sponsor sheet with more information. We truly appreciate your consideration and your willingness to help support those suffering from mental illness.

Presented By

National Charity Partner

Series Sponsors

Regional & State Sponsors