It was a two 5K in one weekend sort of weekend with Saturday’s race taking place right within the town I live in and housed on the grounds of Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The Run to End Addiction 5K was held to support the Teen Challenge program in Brockton, Massachusetts which aims to help those afflicted by the grips of addiction.
The race had a great social media presence leading up to the race and more than 1900 runners and walkers took part in the race, an increase from the 700 participants that took part in the event last year. With such a nice increase in the participants, the day was sure to be a huge fundraiser for the Teen Challenge program and post-race the organizers sent an email thanking everyone for participating in the event and noted that the race raised $110,000! I’d call that a success for the second annual event!
The Run to End Addiction 5K took place right at 9AM and fortunately some rain that was in the forecast held off for the entire race. The run took runners through the Bridgewater State University campus and briefly out onto a main road just outside the campus and included a downhill and uphill stretch on the appropriately named Great Hill. A water stop took place about half-way into the race which came in handy after cruising down Great Hill and then trudging back up it after a quick turnaround.
Throughout the race were signs lining the road showing people who passed away due to addiction. However, some of the most moving signs along the road were those signs showing before and after photos of Teen Challenge members with those individuals standing next to their signs thanking and cheering on runners each step of the way. A truly moving way to put a personal face on addiction and the importance of racing to raise money to help others battling addiction.
With the Great Hill of BSU mixed into the race course I knew I’d have to trust my legs and push on the downhill and on the uphills and to speed through the rest of the course to make up any lost time on the hilly parts. I finished the Run to End Addiction with a time of 22:59, good for 7:23/miles. A great race and a nice finishing time!
If you are interested in registering for next year’s Run to End Addiction 5K, be sure to register by tomorrow to take advantage of a great offer! All you have to do is register at www.runtoendaddiction.com and use the coupon code “Hope” and you will get 50% OFF any and all registrations that you complete!