The Event

The Bluebird Run for Brookie B was established in 2015 to honor the memory of Brook Bowers and all of the other loved ones our community has lost to suicide. Organized by the Tallahassee affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), our mission is to call out the need for suicide awareness and prevention.

We have extended the reach of our message every year as shown by consistent growth in participation leading to 555 registrants for Labor Day 2019. In response to the COVID pandemic we went virtual for 2020 and still found support from 346 registrants. A special thanks to all of you!

We are thrilled to be planning a return to the JR Alford Greenway for Labor Day, September 6, 2021. This is Brook’s home course. The trailhead venue is ideal for an event of this size. The 5K course is both beautiful and demanding. You will not set a personal record on this course, but you can take pride in conquering it. Your reward will be the welcome of hundreds of like-minded people at the finish line, along with fresh watermelon and the finest assortment of refreshments.

The Bluebird is a proud blend of athletic competition and social outreach – runners and walkers, young and old, vendors from many local mental health providers, and a special Memory Lane honoring our lost loved ones.

JR Alford Greenway will come alive at dawn on Labor Day with party lights surrounding a 1600 square foot tent. Live music, fresh coffee, sno-cones, watermelon and much more – all free of charge. Bring your appetite for a grand assortment of refreshments. Oh yeah, there will be races for runners and stellar scenery for walkers.

The 1M Fun Run takes off at 8:00 am and the 5K Trail Run/Walk starts at 8:30.

Bluebird Prize Drawings!

Who says you can’t have fun while spreading the word about suicide awareness and prevention? Check this out. Your registration in any of our events automatically enters you into our two event day drawings for $100 gift cards. Not bad, huh?


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There’s more. We are also giving away a grand prize Outdoor Adventure Package. Wait, what? Yes, you might win a Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 kayak with paddle, life jacket and annual pass to all 175 Florida State Parks!  Boom.


  1. Register for any Bluebird event by August 18 AND order a T-shirt.
  2. Pick up your T-shirt at packet pick-up on Thursday September 2.
  3. Snap a picture of yourself wearing your 2021 Bluebird T-shirt.
  4. Submit the picture to our social media (Twitter – @BluebirdRun, Instagram – bluebird_run, or Facebook – @namit090715) before Labor Day.
  5. Done. You’re entered into the Grand Prize Drawing.
  6. Must be present to win

All drawings will be held after the awards ceremony on Labor Day and you must be present to win. No fine print. Just more fun from Bluebird.

Outdoor Adventure Experience Sponsored by Cindy and Barry Foster.

Please join us in recognizing and thanking all of our generous sponsors: