ECU Collegiate Recovery Community (ECU Recovery) and the Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse (PCCSA) join together to host the 10th annual Recovery Road 5K this Saturday at 8 a.m. located at Town Commons.

The Recovery Road 5K is a regional event hosted during National Recovery Month to “celebrate the amazing people in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders,” according to the event’s Facebook page.

Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator Jarmichael Harris said ECU Recovery was originally founded to help support students on campus during their time of recovery from substance abuse.

“Collegiate recovery community was started in 2015 to provide support and opportunities for students who are in recovery or seeking recovery from alcohol and other drugs here on our campus,” Harris said.

ECU Recovery decided to partner with PCCSA to host the event this year due to their active involvement with National Recovery Month in the Pitt County area, according to Harris.

NCHRC’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Coordinator and former president of PCCSA, Melissia Larson, said this will be the first run hosted during National Recovery Month, but in years past they have hosted several events supporting the cause.

“Most of the time we do a walk, one year we did a butterfly release and we always try to bring resources for the community attendees coming in so they can learn about recovery resources,” Larson said.

The run will feature the 2019 theme for recovery month, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger” and all proceeds made during the event will support local recovery efforts, according to Larson.

Vice president of PCCSA and member of ECU Recovery John Harding said the main purpose of the 5K is to celebrate the steps those are taking to achieve their recovery.

“It’s really just to celebrate the baby steps that people suffering from substance abuse disorder or mental health disorders take on a daily basis to achieve their recovery,” Harding said. “With each step that we take within the 5k, it is a celebration of baby steps that we take in our daily lives.”

Registration for the Recovery Road 5K will end Sept. 12 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Registration for the event is $30 and includes a $3 sign-up fee.

Awards will be distributed for the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top 2 male and female finishers by age group. Registration for the event more information can be found on the Recovery Road 5K website.

More information on events held through ECU Recovery for National Recovery Month can be found on the ECU events page and the ECU Recovery Instagram.

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