National Movement Heroes in Recovery to Host 6th Annual 6K Run/Walk in Memphis on May 20

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Event to take place at Overton Park and benefit local charity: Grace House of Memphis

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This is the perfect opportunity for the women we serve and their loved ones to see they are not alone on this journey in recovery," Charlotte Hoppers

Heroes in Recovery, a movement celebrating the heroic efforts of those who seek addiction and mental health treatment, is returning to Memphis 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), a family of treatment centers, which includes local location The Oaks at La Paloma.

The Heroes race in Memphis will also benefit local charity Grace House of Memphis. Grace House’s mission is to empower women and families by removing barriers and restoring hope. Grace House provides a full continuum of gender-specific, long-term residential and outpatient treatment services to women whose lives have been negatively impacted by alcohol or drug use, co-occurring mental disorders, trauma and incarceration.

“This is the perfect opportunity for the women we serve and their loved ones to see they are not alone on this journey in recovery," said Charlotte Hoppers, Executive Director of Grace House. “We are very grateful for this partnership. All of the generosity and support will truly help those in need.”

The Heroes 6K will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 8:00 am in Overton Park. The race starts and finishes in the park’s Old Forest State Natural Area and takes participants on a scenic 6K (3.728 mile) looping course. All registered participants will each 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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