National Movement Heroes in Recovery to Host 4th Annual 6K Run/Walk in Charlotte on June 10

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Event to take place at McAlpine Creek Park and benefit local organization: Hope Haven Inc.

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We know the Charlotte Heroes 6K will provide us a positive platform to bring more awareness to substance abuse and mental health disorders. -Leslie Whiteside

Heroes in Recovery, a movement celebrating the heroic efforts of those who seek addiction and mental health treatment, is returning to Charlotte 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 also symbolizes the extra distance people in recovery go to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Heroes in Recovery was ignited by Foundations Recovery Network (FRN), which has a family of treatment centers across the country.

The Heroes race in Charlotte will also benefit local charity Hope Haven Inc. Hope Haven provides residential aftercare services through four facilities for more than 300 men, women and families annually. They are dedicated to helping people in recovery rebuild their lives by providing them with a safe and supportive environment.

“Hope Haven and Heroes in Recovery are working together to break the stigma that’s associated with addiction and mental health issues, so people in Charlotte and the surrounding area can get the help they need,” said Leslie Whiteside, community engagement manager at Hope Haven. “We know the Charlotte Heroes 6K will provide us a positive platform to bring more awareness to substance use and mental health disorders.”

The Heroes 6K will be held on Saturday, June 10, at 8:00 am at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte. The scenic 6K (3.728 mile) course covers fairly flat terrain with some rolling hills. All registered participants will receive a race tank, finisher’s medal, reusable bag and souvenir bib. This is a family friendly event and will include post-race food, entertainment, kids activities, cash prizes for placers and raffles for participants and spectators.

Pre-race registration is $35, and day-of-race registration will be $40.

For more information and to register for the event, go to:http://www.heroes6K.com.

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.

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