National Movement Heroes in Recovery to Host Annual 6K Run/Walk in Phoenix on December 18

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Second Annual Race to Take Place at Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert

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We hope the local community will join us to help us and help others change their lives, said Joe Garcia Executive Director at Step One Inc.

Heroes in Recovery, a movement celebrating the heroic efforts of those who seek addiction and mental health treatment is returning to Phoenix for their annual 6K run/walk. The race is a 6K, not a 5K. This not only represents the six letters in the word “HEROES,” but also 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 local treatment location Calvary Healing Center.

The Heroes race in Phoenix will also benefit local charity Step One Inc. Recovery Housing, whose mission is to introduce a 12-Step based program to newly sober individuals in a clean, safe environment.
“It is an honor for Step One to participate in an event of this scale. We hope the local community will join us to help us and help others change their lives,” said Joe Garcia, Executive Director at Step One Inc.

The Heroes 6K will be held on Sunday, December 18, at 9:00 am. The race starts and finishes at Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch and takes participants on a scenic 6K (3.728 mile) course. All registered participants will receive a race hooded sweatshirt 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.

Advance registration for the 6K is $35. Walk-up registration on race day is $40.

For more information and to register for the event go to:

About Heroes in Recovery:

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 23 million people needed treatment last year and only three 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 that keeps individuals and families from 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 often accompany an addiction.

Each Heroes in Recovery 6K race serves as an educational tool for the community and also reminds individuals who are on a personal journey of recovery that 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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