He said there are several reasons why Heroes for Recovery opted for a 6K as opposed to a more traditional 5K race. Among those reasons, he said the unique length definitely provides some symbolic value.
“We believe people in recovery have to go the extra distance,” he said.
Skillen said Roswell was selected as a race site because of its nearby Foundations outpatient facility.
While the event has obvious appeal to runners and fitness fanatics, he said the event also draws interest from those involved in the addiction recovery field.
“At the beginning of the race, we have somebody who is going to address the crowd and talk about the cause,” he said. “After the race is over, we have volunteers from Heroes in Recovery who give people an opportunity to share their stories.”
The Heroes in Recovery website, he said, now has more than 600 videos of people discussing their recovery experiences. “Those stories are sort of the main way we get the word out about the movement.”
Skillen said the event encourages people to come out and “show a healthy lifestyle” for those who are in recovery. “Mental health and addiction affects 24 million people in the United States,” he said. “Yet only four million people seek help … statistics show us that 20 million people are suffering in silence.”
A pre-packet pick-up and walk-up registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sports Authority at 7461 North Point Parkway in Alpharetta Thursday. A similar event will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Big Peach Running Co. at 5530 Windward Parkway in Alpharetta Friday.
Day-of registration concludes 15 minutes before the race begins on Saturday. The scheduled start time for the 6K is 7:30 a.m, with an award ceremony planned for 9:15 am.
More information on the run can be found at www.heroesinrecovery.com/heroes6k/roswell-ga.