National Movement Heroes in Recovery to Host 5th Annual 6K Run/Walk in Atlanta on July 23

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Heroes in Recovery aims to break the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health issues.

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Heroes in Recovery, a movement celebrating the heroic efforts of those who seek addiction and mental health treatment is returning to Atlanta for their annual 6K run/walk. The race is a 6K, not a 5K, which not only represents the six letters in the word “HEROES,” but symbolizes the extra distance people in recovery go to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Heroes in Recovery was ignited by Foundations Recovery Network (FRN), a family of treatment centers, which includes inpatient and outpatient treatment centers located in the Atlanta area.

The Heroes race in Atlanta will also benefit local charity: MARR’s Right Side Up (RSU), which offers long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment for women with dependent children under the age of 13. RSU’s services are designed to help clients obtain employment, restore relationships with their loved ones, retain and/or regain custody of their children, give birth to drug-free infants and become valuable, productive members of the community.

“We are excited to be partnering with Heroes in Recovery again this year to bring awareness to a great cause,” said Marcia Smith, Director of Right Side Up, “This is truly an awesome opportunity for the women we serve, their families and the community to come together as we go the extra mile to work on fighting the stigma of recovery.”

The Heroes 6K will be held on Saturday, July 23 at 8:00am in Brook Run Park in Atlanta. The race starts and finishes at the Pavilion Drive of the park and takes participants on a scenic 6K (3.728 mile) looping course. All registered participants will each receive a race shirt and finisher’s medal. This is a family friendly event and will include post-race food, entertainment, cash prizes for placers and raffles for participants and spectators.

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

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About Heroes in Recovery:

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 23 million people needed treatment last year and only 3 million sought help. 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

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