Our fourth 5K event of 2017 took place at Franklin Park on Saturday, October 28. It started off as a chilly fall morning, but when the sun came out, it was the perfect day to Rise Up Against Addiction.
Over 1,400 participants from all over the Boston area created 117 teams, raised funds, and spread the word on social media. Their hard work paid off with such an inspiring event.
There were plenty of things for the runners and walkers to do and see as they began arriving at 8 AM. Participants snapped photos and gave hugs as they celebrated their own or their loved ones’ recovery milestones.
Others visited the Memorial Gallery, where families and friends shared quiet moments of reflection. They read the stories of those we've lost to addiction, and added their own contributions.
Teams came ready to Rise Up and shed light on addiction in matching t-shirts.
Many participants were overcome with emotion.
Several runners and walkers created special memorial lanyards and Why I Rise Up bibs to wear throughout the day.
At 9 AM, our morning program kicked off with Dr. Mallika Marshall, Health Reporter WBZ TV Boston, getting the crowd ready for an extraordinary round of speakers, including:
The four gave rousing speeches about the importance of ending the stigma of addiction and coming together as a community to end the opioid epidemic.
Shatterproof Ambassador Maegan Kenney also gave an emotional speech about her own path to recovery after growing up with a parent who suffered from addiction. She said she is now turning her pain into passion and inspiring others to do the same.
Our other morning speakers included:
After remarks wrapped up, the 5K officially began with runners and walkers hitting the Franklin Park route with smiles and lots of excitement!
Many members of the Boston Police were on hand to support the event. #BostonStrong
As the 5K came to an end, participants and supporters were full of hoorays and hope.
Together, our passionate 5K participants raised over $352,000! Those funds will help so many families receive the support and evidence-based resources they so desperately need.
The 5K Run/Walk heads to Atlanta next — and we're adding lots more cities for 2018. Be sure to join our email list to be the first to find out next year's 5K locations!