For the fourth consecutive year, the Mind, Body & Soul Surfing Club will host a run/walk to benefit people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. The event, called the Mind, Body & Soul Recovery Run, will take place at Harbor Park at Baldwin Park in Orlando, Florida, on Nov. 3, 2018. The run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The event is open to people of all ages. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, goody bag and medal. At the conclusion of the race, the first-place finishers for each age category will be recognized and receive an award.

Registration is $40 per person. The proceeds will benefit Turning Point of Central Florida, an outpatient rehab center in Winter Park, Florida. Last year, the recovery run raised about $11,000 for Turning Point. The funds raised from the run/walk will support the organization’s treatment programs.

More than a dozen organizations will sponsor the Mind, Body & Soul Recovery Run. These sponsors include United Legacy Bank, LeCesse Development Corporation and SunTrust Private Wealth Management.

Advanced Recovery Systems will also sponsor the event. Throughout the United States, the company operates several addiction treatment centers, including The Recovery Village, where medical professionals create treatment plans designed to help people better manage their drug or alcohol misuse. Each facility caters to the specific needs of its patients.

About Mind, Body & Soul Surfing Club

The Mind, Body & Soul Surfing Club is a group dedicated to improving a person’s physical, mental and spiritual health through surfing. Founded in 2010, the organization provides an opportunity for individuals to use surfing as a method for learning about life, supporting one another and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Lonny Mead, the organization’s co-founder, is in recovery from cocaine addiction. The Orlando native said that the purpose of the recovery run is to spread awareness for substance use disorders.

“This event is to help eliminate the stigma that is associated with addiction,” Mead told TheRecoveryVillage.com. “The event is also to promote long-term recovery and recovery awareness in Central Florida.”

Addiction is prevalent across the United States. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 19.7 million Americans ages 12 or older grappled with a substance use disorder in the 12 months prior to the survey. However, many individuals nationwide do not report their substance use problems, partly because addiction is stigmatized.

John Foster, a co-founder of the Mind, Body & Soul Surfing Club, knows about the realities of addiction all too well. His son, John Wayne Foster, Jr., battled a substance use disorder and died of an overdose at age 23.

“Just about everyone is affected or knows of someone affected by drug or alcohol addiction,” Foster said in a press release. “While death is the reality of addiction, life is the reality of recovery. We can make a difference one person at a time.”

Mead believes that talking about addiction and recovery can make people more comfortable with speaking about their own drug or alcohol misuse.

“There are a lot of people in Central Florida that are 20 or 30 years clean that are a part of the solution and are not ashamed to talk about it,” Mead said. “You can stay clean, and recovery is a great way to live.”

How to Sign Up

Visit MBSrecoveryrun.com to learn more about the Mind, Body & Soul Recovery Run, to make a donation or to register for the event. Individuals interested in participating in the run/walk can also register at 7:30 a.m. at the site of the event.

Running for Recovery: Run/Walk to Raise Addiction Awareness
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