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Run4Recovery Celebrates 15 Years of Running, Riding, and Raising Funds for Addiction Recovery

August 19, 2022

Robin McGeough and team prepare to complete 502 miles in five days to drive awareness, donations

COVINA, Calif. /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Run4Recovery has announced that its founder Robin McGeough is making final preparations for this years edition of their annual endurance challenge and community event. Beginning Sept. 26, McGeough will ride 502 miles in just five days with the goal of raising $50,000. The event benefits the Puente House Foundation scholarship fund, which provides vital support to those recovering from alcohol and drug addictions in the San Gabriel Valley. The community is invited to take part in a 5k walk on Oct. 1 to celebrate the completion of this years ride. Those interested in donating or registering to participate in the walk can do so at www.run4recovery.com.

McGeough will begin his ride at 5 a.m. at Aurora Charter Oak Hospital in Covina, travel south to Newport Beach, and return along the same route each day. The daily roundtrip is estimated to take twelve hours to complete. A reception will be held each night following the teams return.

On Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 a.m., a community 5k walk and SOBERFEST event at Aurora Charter Oak Hospital will serve as the culmination celebration. The public is invited to attend and participate. Registration for the walk is $45 and goes towards the teams fundraising goal. SOBERFEST is free to attend.

Along the way, McGeough will be joined by team members Lindsey Crowley and Norman “FUJI” Fujimoto who have ridden alongside him for five and eight years respectively.  All three have conquered their own battles with addiction and now dedicate their lives to supporting those facing challenges with substance dependence.

As the opioid crisis and many other forms of addiction continue to claim lives in record numbers, there has never been a greater need for basic recovery services,said McGeough. Puente House Foundation sober living scholarship fund means the difference between living or dying to a person in need and is indispensable to gaining and maintaining sobriety. Together we can save lives. I hope the community will join us in our efforts and help us reach our goal!

I ride to help end the needless suffering and harm addiction has on individuals and their families, also to make indirect amends for failing to uphold my passed mothers only wish for me to stop using drugs. I ride to honor all those that have fallen from the deadly disease of addiction,FUJI said. I am looking forward to joining the community in a joint effort. When we move as a group, we can move past hesitation, doubt, and obstacles.

I ride for myself and for my sister. I want people to know recovery is available and possible before they chose suicide or pass away without knowing there was a way out of hell,Crowley said. The more people we can reach, the more people we have the opportunity to spread some flicker of hope to, so the growth of Run4Recovery is a beautiful thing to see.

Over the last 15 years, Run4Recovery has raised more than $310,000 for the Puente House Foundation scholarship fund. McGeough has run and ridden thousands of miles to draw attention to the cause. He founded the event after a friend presented a challenge: if McGeough could run 20 miles a day for 10 days, they would donate $1000 to a charity of his choice. He met the goal and raised $3500 that year. While the event originated as a running feat, the team transitioned to riding ElliptiGO elliptical bikes to prevent joint and muscle injury.

For more information on Run4Recovery, visit www.run4recovery.com.

ABOUT RUN4RECOVERY

The Run4Recovery is both an epic feat of endurance and a community event designed to provide vital support to those recovering from alcohol and drug addictions in the San Gabriel Valley. Over the last 15 years, Run4Recovery has raised more than $310,000 for the Puente House Foundation scholarship fund.  Run4Recoverys creator, Robin McGeough, has run and ridden thousands of miles to draw attention to the cause. The annual event culminates in a community 5k walk. For more information on Run4Recovery, visit www.run4recovery.com.

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