Heroes in Recovery 6K Run/Walk is coming to Portland on Saturday, August 26th. Held and Fernhill Park in Portland, this national event offers $1,500 in prizes, but more importantly supports some worthwhile causes. Heroes in Recovery aims to eliminate social stigmas related to addiction and mental health issues by raising awareness and supporting local organizations that offer services for those in need.
According to their website, ‘Oregon Trail Recovery provides long term intensive outpatient treatment services in Portland, teaching everyday tools to living a clean and sober life. Awakening Recovery supports women in recovery with specialized care, guiding women towards overcoming drug dependence. Foundations Recovery Network’s mission is to be the leader in evidence-based, integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders through clinical services, education and research.’
Not a standard running distance, the 6K comes from the six letter word HEROES. This run/walk is a celebration of individuals who have turned their lives around and decided to live clean and sober, a challenge each and every day and everyone is invited to celebrate. Instead of a traditional 5K, they’ve added one more kilometer to symbolize the effort to sustain recovery, since it’s about staying clean. All ages are invited and even your four-legged running buddy can tag along for the fun, this is an all-inclusive race. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. All participants receive a race tank, re-usable swag bag and finisher’s medal, not to mention the fun on the course and post race goodies. Register online through race morning (closes at 6am) for $40. Participants can also register at packet pick up held on Friday, August 25th from 2pm-7pm at Road Runners Sports in Portland (29 NW 23rd Place). Race participants will receive $10 off of purchases $30 or more during packet pick up hours. Day of registration is available in person as well, if that’s more convenient and opens at 6:30am on race morning. Make sure to bring cash or checks if you plan to register in person, since cards will not be accepted.
The course starts and finishes at the Fernhill track and takes advantage of the park, running the perimeter of the park with a flat, cross country sort of run. Check out the course on Map My Run. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the overall and masters divisions. They also have an “Almost Podium” finisher prize for the fourth place finisher in each category. Also unique to the Heroes in Recovery 5K is the Wag&Run. Buy a bandana for your furry running buddy for $5. They also offer a virtual option for $25, you get all the same swag and get to run it at your own convenience.
Heroes in Recovery is a movement ignited by the Foundations Recovery Network reaching those in recovery from addiction and other dependency disorders. They note there are 23 million people every year who need help for addiction, but only three million actually seek help. Heroes in Recovery is hoping to balance the numbers, celebrating success stories and reaching out to those in need. Their race originated in Tennessee in 2011 and was held in September, also National Recovery Month. Since then, Heroes in Recovery has gained momentum across the country. Their website is full of heroes sharing their stories of recovery. If you want to get inspired, check it out. If you want to be part of the movement, get registered and run on Saturday, August 26th. Getting help takes courage and staying clean is a daily battle that many of us don’t begin to comprehend.
What: Heroes in Recovery 6k
When: Saturday, August 26th
Where: Fernhill Park at 6010 Ne. 37th Ave. Portland
Why: To create awareness of the need for treatment and to support those in recovery
Cost: $35 ($40 day of registration)