Heroes in Recovery 6K - NYC

Event Date

Sat, Aug 16, 2014


New York, NY

About This Activity

Date:Saturday, August 16, 2014

Location: Riverside Park at the 103rd Street Promenade 

Course: 6K (3.728 mile) scenic course starting and finishing at Riverside Park along the Hudson River. 

Charity: The local charity beneficiary for this race is Xcel University, founded in September 2007 by NBA star Ron Artest, now known as Metta World Peace. Xcel University works to encourage kids to further their education and also advocates for Mental Health Awareness and quality Mental Health Services for all. Xcel University focuses its efforts on education by offering incentives and providing scholarships, and on mental health issues through conducting public awareness campaigns and helping to fund nonprofit organizations that provide mental health services to their communities. Throughout his career, World Peace has visited hundreds of schools and community lefts to speak with youth on the importance of both these aspects of life. Positive mental health is linked to a range of development outcomes and is fundamental to coping with adversity. On the other hand, poor mental health impedes an individual’s capacity to realize their potential, work productively and make a contribution to their community. Xcel U encourages everyone to find the hope to seek wellness professionals, and to participate in their own recovery!


Early Registration (through May 26th) $25.00

Registration (May 27th through July 13th) $30.00; (July 13th through August 15th) $35.00

Day of Race (August 16th) $40.00

Registered participants will receive: female/male short-sleeve technical t-shirt, finisher's medal, post race recovery nurtition and ticket for raffle

This event will take place rain or shine and registrations are non-refundable.

Entertainment, Fun and Food:

Bring the family and stick around after the run/walk for music and entertinament.

Motivation for the Event:

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 20 million people needed substance abuse treatment last year and did not receive it. 10 million Americans did not receive needed mental health care. The stigma associated with substance abuse and mental health disorders creates a significant barrier to individuals and families seeking help.

Foundations Recovery Network (FRN) has ignited a grassroots movement called Heroes in Recovery to celebrate the heroic efforts of individuals, families, healthcare professionals and institutions in fostering a society where people can seek the help they need without feeling ashamed or isolated. It intends to remove the social stigma associated with people who are in recovery, to recognize the heroic effort it takes to overcome the obstacles in seeking help, and to celebrate the act of preventing the past from kidnapping the future.

Volunteer for the event by contacting heroesinrecovery@frnmail.com. You will receive a volunteer t-shirt and you may still register to run/walk the event. 

Considering partnering with us and sponsoring the event - contact heroes6k@frnmail.com

Event details and schedule


TBD am Registration

8:30am Run/Walk Begins

10:00 am Awards Presentation

- Awards presented to top 3 Male/Female in Overall ccategory

- Additional prizes awarded to top 3 Male/Female finishers in their age divisions

- Raffle prizes to all participants, volunteers and spectators

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