Race Preview: 2019 Run for Recovery 5k/10k (Salem)

Bridgeway Recovery Services is hosting its 6th annual Run for Recovery 5k/10k run and walk at Riverfront Park in Salem on Saturday, September 21. This event is open to athletes of all speeds and skill levels, from the casual walker to the serious competitor. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome as well. All distances start and end at the pavillion in Riverfront Park. The 5k course heads south across the bridge onto Minto Island, and it will offer a water station at the turnaround point of the out-and-back. The 10k course is likely to start the same way, but the details for the entire distance is still to be decided. Check the website for updates.

Online registration is open through 3pm on Friday the 20th, just before packet pickup starts at Bridgeway Recovery Services (map). Day of race registration will be available with an additional $5 registration fee, and you’ll also be able to pick up your race packet on race morning starting at 7:30am. After the race, stick around for awards and raffle prizes, and refuel with a baked potato from the Rolling Bridgeway Cafe food truck.

Run for Recovery details:
When: Saturday, Sept 21
Start times: 10k – 9:30am; 5k – 10am
Where: Riverfront Park, Salem (Map)
What: 5k and 10k run/walk
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: 10k – $40 adult, $30 youth;
5k – $25 adult, $15 youth;
1 mile walk – $15 adult, $10 youth
Registration includes: Timed race, event shirt, age group and overall awards, post-race food

Why We Run

When someone breaks their arm, they go to the doctor. When someone needs their wisdom teeth pulled, they go to the dentist. This is considered normal, and no one blames them for needing help. Why isn’t this the case for depression? Chemical dependency? Problem gambling? So often, people don’t seek help for these problems because they are afraid of the social repercussions that usually follow: stigma, shame, and blame.

By holding the Run for Recovery, we hope to destigmatize getting help for these problems by connecting those in recovery with others, bring awareness to recovery, and show that it is possible. We see it every day.

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