Thank You, Kansas City! Our First Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Run/Walk Was Amazing
On June 11 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, The Rise Up Against Addiction movement officially began.
More than 2,300 supporters united to run or walk 5 kilometers, bringing the disease of addiction into the light.
At 8 AM, runners and walkers began to arrive. As runners pinned their tracking bibs to their jerseys, teams suited up their matching t-shirts, snapping photos and sharing hugs.
Families visited the Memorial Gallery, reading stories of loved ones we’ve lost to addiction, and adding their own contributions.
Many runners and walkers created special memorial lanyards and Why I Rise Up bibs to wear throughout the day.
Participants stopped by the Community Village to collect resources from local organizations.
The opening ceremonies kicked off energetically with Haley Harrison and Steven Albritton from KMBC.
Our founder and CEO, Gary Mendell, and board member and Kansas City native, Gary Henson, shared their stories and got the crowd fired up.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson even stopped by to show support for the cause and take photos with fans.
After wrapping up the opening ceremonies, participants made their way to the starting line...
And the 5K began!
Emcees Shaylee Henning and Jen Johnson from KC102.1 got our runners and walkers excited as they crossed the starting line and made their way along the route through iconic Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs. Uniting at the finish line after the race, supporters exchanged high fives, hoorays, and plenty more hugs.
More than 2,300 participants helped raise an incredible $382,000, which will go a long way to support families, bolster advocacy efforts, and provide evidence-based resources.
And we’re just getting started. These events are coming to Boston, New York, D.C. and Atlanta in the fall of this year. Learn more about our next ones here, and register to join the movement today!