Alive & Running Iowa was formed in 2010 by Troy and Candice Belmer along with Ryan and Melissa Nesbit. The nonprofit organization is completely volunteer-led and uses all funds to raise awareness of suicide prevention. The organization uses the money to hold free trainings as they feel education is key to preventing suicide. They also have donated to MercyOne, UnityPoint Health, Black Hawk Grundy Mental Health and Cedar Valley Hospice to support work toward the cause. In addition to suicide prevention work, Alive & Running Iowa also hosts two grief support groups in Waverly and Waterloo for those who have experienced a loss due to suicide.

; My Ascension

Alive & Running has purchased rights for the showing of the film My Ascension, a documentary film that is spreading hope and fighting suicide.

To view the film trailer and read more on Emma Benoit's story, please visit the My Ascension website.

For more information on bringing this film to your community or school, please contact Ryan Nesbit at 641-990-4957,, or fill out our contact form.

; 2022 Event

Friday & Saturday, June 17-18, 2022

Remembrance Ceremony Friday at dusk

5K Run/Walk Saturday 7:30am

$15 w/short sleeve t-shirt

$20 w/tank top

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Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-34 in Iowa.


Average number of suicides per day in the US.


Over five times as many people in Iowa died by suicide in 2019 than in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.


Of adults surveyed in the US think suicide can be prevented.



Suicide Prevention Month

September 1-30, 2022

4th - 10th

Suicide Prevention Week

September 4-10, 2022


World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2022