Alpha Kappa Psi launches ‘Step It Up’ to raise awareness for suicide prevention

Step It Up is a week-long digital steps competition with all profits going to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention starting April 19.

Elon’s Mu Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi) is hosting “Step It Up,” a week-long digital steps competition, in lieu of its annual Trent Stetler 5K from April 19 at 9 a.m. to April 25 at 11:59 p.m.

Picture of participants in last year's 5K
Last year’s Trent Stetler 5K raised more than $4,000 with over 140 participants.

Every spring AKPsi hosts a 5K in honor of Trent Stetler, an Elon student and member of the co-ed professional business fraternity who died by suicide in 2015. The event raises money and awareness for the chapter’s philanthropy, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last year’s 5K raised more than $4,000 with over 140 participants.

Given the current circumstances and Elon’s transition to remote learning, AKPsi wanted to ensure the Elon community would still be able to participate in a similar event promoting mental health awareness and self-care.

“We know that transitioning to online classes has been challenging for many of our fellow students,” said Alexandra Pirsos ’21, a Business Fellow and member of AKPsi. “We think that this is the perfect time to promote mental health awareness and self-care. Getting outside, taking a break from technology, and walking is a great way to do just that.”

The goal of this competition is to walk or run as many steps as possible during the week either as an individual or a team. Cash prizes for the top three individuals and top three teams will be awarded.

After donating $5 to AKPsi’s GoFundMe and registering on Challenge Runner, participants will be able to track their steps on live leaderboards. Registration ends April 18. Participants can either join as individuals or in teams, with a minimum of three people and a maximum of 10.

For more information or help with registering, please contact