From the Harford County Health Department:
On September 12, 2015, the Harford County Health Department will sponsor its “Second Annual Run 4 Recovery” 5K Run and Fun Walk event as part of activities conducted during September’s National Recovery Month. This event will be held at the Harford Community College, located at 401 Thomas Run Road (Bel Air). Registration opens at 8:00am and the race begins at 9:00am. Visit the website: www.races2run.com/events/run4recovery/ for “Run 4 Recovery” event registration details.
Last year’s event drew 112 participants and raised more than a thousand dollars that was donated to Addiction Connection Resources (ACR) to connect recovering individuals to treatment services that promote productive, healthy life styles. Proceeds from this year’s event also will go to ACR.
Highlighting the 2015 Run 4 Recovery will be participation by Athletes Serving Athletes, a program that provides specialized equipment and pairs individuals with limited physical mobility with understanding and experienced “WingMen.” As a team, they cross the finish line of mainstream running events, together.
“Beyond the monies we generate,” says Beth Jones, health department Director of Behavioral Health Services, “the overarching goal of the 5K and Fun Walk is to raise awareness that behavioral health disorders can be successfully treated. Just as important, it also spreads the positive message that recovery is happening right here in Harford County.“
Now in its 26th year, National Recovery Month, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), It calls attention to those locally suffering from addictions, highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the service providers who make recovery possible.
For information about National Recovery Month, activities or available behavioral health services in Harford County, visit SAMHSA website at www.recoverymonth.gov, the Harford County Health Department website at www.harfordcountyhealth.com or call 410-877-2340.