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Augusta nonprofit invites community to race for recovery
By Crisis & Counseling Centers
Aug 26, 2015 - 6:55:50 AM

AUGUSTA -- Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) will celebrate recovery from mental health and substance abuse concerns at the agency's family-friendly Second Annual On Track to Recovery 5K Walk/Run, held Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Kennebec River Rail Trail in Augusta. All proceeds support C&C's Client Emergency Fund, which breaks down treatment barriers by helping clients access basic needs.

This professionally timed event is open to the public and includes a Kids' 1K Fun Run, free event T-shirts, prizes, raffle items, a post-event recovery celebration, and a Kid Zone featuring an ice-cream sundae bar, face painting, cutout photoshoots and games. More than 170 people participated in the inaugural 5K race last fall.

"We developed this community-wide event because our clients' challenges are twofold: dealing with the daily and sometimes debilitating symptoms of their condition while facing widespread stigma that results from misperceptions about mental health and substance abuse," said Courtney Yeager, race director and public relations and fundraising manager for C&C. "If we can reduce the stigmatizing attitudes for just one person, then we will consider this race to be a success."

September is Recovery Month, a national awareness campaign that promotes the benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental health and substance abuse concerns. Crisis & Counseling Centers believes in dedicating a month to celebrating the achievements of the recovery community because too many people face mental illness or substance abuse issues in silence.

In lieu of paying a registration fee, participants are encouraged to pledge to fundraise. Adult registration is also available for $25 per person, and youth registration, age 2-11, is $12 for the 1K Fun Run. Team registrants earn an additional discount and will compete for a trophy against existing teams, including representatives from the Augusta Police Department, Waterville Police Department and Norton Financial Services.

To register for On Track to Recovery 5K Walk/Run, visit www.crisisandcounseling.org/get-involved/5k.

Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the Kids' 1K Fun Run will start at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. The 5K Walk/Run will begin at 9 a.m. Participants will convene near the Kennebec Valley YMCA, 31 Union Street, where Capitol Park meets the head of the Kennebec River Rail Trail in Augusta. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the trailhead, in public parking spaces or at the Kennebec Valley YMCA. Participants are encouraged to bring their families, friends and leashed family pets to join together in celebration of recovery.

Crisis & Counseling Centers would like to thank On Track to Recovery 5K Walk/Run's Platinum Sponsors Bangor Savings Bank, Daniel J. Benson, DPM, Northern New England Diagnostics, Norton Financial Services and Redington-Fairview General Hospital. The agency also thanks Gold Sponsors O'Connor Auto Park, PFBF CPAs, Pine State Trading Company, Pine Tree Veterinary Hospital and T-Mobile for their support. For a complete list of sponsors, visit www.crisisandcounseling.org/get-involved/5k.

For more information, contact Public Relations and Fundraising Manager Courtney Yeager at cyeager@crisisandcounseling.org or 207.213.4523.

Crisis & Counseling Centers is an Augusta-based nonprofit serving individuals with behavioral health needs, including mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring issues. In addition, the agency is the sole provider of crisis services for Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Courtney Yeager
Public Relations and Fundraising Manager
Crisis & Counseling Centers
10 Caldwell Road
Augusta, ME 04330
crisisandcounseling.org



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