Heroes In Recovery Announces Inaugural 6K Race In Charlotte on June 21, 2014

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The 6K Run/Walk takes place on June 21 to support the Collegiate Recovery Community at UNC Charlotte.

Heroes in Recovery 6k Run/Walk in Charlotte, NC 6/21/14

We want people to celebrate recovery and put the spotlight on healthy lifestyles. - Carol Rose, Collegiate Recovery Community UNC Charlotte

Heroes in Recovery, a movement which celebrates the heroic efforts of those who seek the addiction and mental health help they need without feeling ashamed or isolated is proud to announce its inaugural Heroes in Recovery 6k Run/Walk in Charlotte. The movement, started by Foundations Recovery Network (FRN), which includes Black Bear Lodge in North Georgia, seeks to educate the community at large and celebrate those on the journey of recovery.

The Heroes in Recovery 6K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, June 21, at 8:00 am at Reedy Creek Park in Charlotte, NC. The race will begin and end in the park, taking participants on a scenic 6K (3.728 mile) trail run through the park.

The charity beneficiary for this trail race is the Collegiate Recovery Community at UNC Charlotte. They support students recovering from addiction and offers programming, resources and activities, which provide a pathway to both recovery and academic achievement. The Collegiate Recovery program offers weekly 12 step meetings, experiential activities, peer-mentorship as well as volunteer opportunities where sober students serve their community, build friendships, develop a solid support system, and build a lifetime of fun, happy memories.

“This race is the type of community event that draws attention to the important work that we do everyday,” stated Carol Rose, Marketing Specialist, Collegiate Recovery Community UNC Charlotte. “We work hard to break down the cultural stereotypes and stigmas associated with addiction, and we want people to celebrate recovery and put the spotlight on healthy lifestyles.”

The race will include awards presented to the top three males and females in the overall category. Additional prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in their age divisions. Registered participants will each receive a short-sleeve technical t-shirt and finisher’s medal. This is a family-friendly event that will include food and entertainment for race participants and spectators.

This Heroes in Recovery event is the 13th in a series of 6k races that are held across the country to raise awareness and break the stigma associated with addiction treatment and recovery.

Early registration for all races is $25, regular registration is $30 increasing to $35, and day-of-race fees are $40.

For more information and to register go to http://www.heroes6k.com

About Heroes in Recovery:
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 20 million people needed substance abuse treatment last year and did not receive it. Ten million Americans did not receive needed mental health care. The stigma associated with substance abuse and mental health disorders creates a significant barrier to individuals and families seeking help.

Heroes in Recovery is a grassroots movement intended to remove the social stigma associated with people who are in recovery, to recognize the heroic effort it takes to overcome the obstacles in seeking help, and to celebrate the act of preventing the past from kidnapping the future. While the movement initially focuses on persons recovering from addictive behavior, it is meant also to recognize heroes recovering from many other types of disorders and trauma that can feed or manifest from an addiction.

The Heroes in Recovery 6K races serve as an educational tool for the community as well as a reminder to individuals that while they are on a personal journey of recovery, many others are on that road with them. For more information or to register for any of the Heroes 6K Races, go to http://www.Heroes6K.com or visit http://www.heroesinrecovery.com

About Foundations Recovery Network:
Headquartered in Nashville, TN, Foundations Recovery Network is one of the premier organizations for treating those with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. FRN’s treatment facilities include Michael’s House in Palm Springs, CA; The Canyon in Malibu, CA; La Paloma in Memphis, TN; as well as full-service outpatient treatment centers in Atlanta, GA; Santa Monica, CA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; San Francisco, CA; and Palm Springs, CA.

All Foundations Recovery Network treatment centers practice a system of care that treats co-occurring disorders in a fully integrated approach for lasting recovery. For more information, please visit http://www.foundationsrecoverynetwork.com.

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