Scenic Road Race to highlight ‘Rally for Recovery’

PHOTO BY FALCON RACE TIMING Falcon Race Timing, who will time the race, will also provide equipment, including a 15-foot finish line arch like the one pictured above.

LOCK HAVEN — The excitement is building.

Runners and walkers are beginning to train for a special race. It’s the 2019 Rally for Recovery 5k… the area’s first known scenic road race.

The race is just part of what promises to be a wonderful event for the entire community, as Advocates for a Drug-Free Tomorrow and West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission celebrate those in recovery while promoting prevention and wellness.

Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17, everyone is invited to participate and demonstrate the support of the recovery community and those who provide prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

How can you help?

∫ You can organize a team and participate in the 5k walk/run… or go it alone.

∫ You can volunteer or donate items, time and/or monetary contributions to the Advocates and West Branch. With a donation of $350 or more, your name and/or logo will be included on the t-shirt provided to the 5k participants who pre-register.

∫ You can make a sign or poster or get your group or organization together and make numerous signs and posters and then line the route of the walk/run, encouraging participants to continue to keep going, all the while helping the Advocates and West Branch in their commitment to enlist the entire Clinton County community in their effort to combat the growing drug problem and to promote total public awareness.

∫ You can offer financial or volunteer support and donate items and time to the cause.

The race will start at the Piper Building in Lock Haven at 10 a.m. with registration /packet pick-up table at 9 a.m. The race course will take participants through a short stretch of the city of Lock Haven and then evolve into a route that is surrounded by farmland and the beautiful Bald Eagle Creek, ending at the Castanea Picnic Grounds, within walking distance of the Piper Building.

The route is designed for the competitive runner to walkers who are out to support the cause.

Race participants will leave the Clinton County Government Building at 2 Piper Way and follow East Bald Eagle Street to Race Street, then turn left on East Church Street take a left on South Hanna Street to Lower Creek Road and follow Creek Road to Castanea Picnic Grounds.

This race, to be held rain or shine, will be professionally timed by Falcon Race Timing and the start of the race will accommodate those competing. When finished, runners and spectators will be welcomed by free food, drink, music, and games to celebrate. Plenty of parking is available.

No need to worry, the start and finish areas are connected and easily accessible for spectators. Access for spectators to Castanea Picnic Grounds (Finish Line) during race time can be by way of East Bald Eagle Street.

Falcon Race Timing will provide a lot of equipment for the race, including a 15-foot inflatable finish line arch, a finish line race clock, timing and scoring of all participants, online registration sign-ups including donations, fundraising, participant manager and immediate results including web and mobile.

Medals will be handed out to the top race finishers for those who choose to compete. Casual participants are welcomed and encouraged as well.

Registration fee is $15 plus a $3 fee to the racing company. T-shirts will be guaranteed to those who pre-register.

Sounds like a lot of fun and a big day.

But there’s more… much more.

This Rally for Recovery isn’t just about this race.

It’s purpose is three-fold.

∫ To celebrate those in recovery from the insidious disease of substance use disorders.

∫ To promote and support its prevention.

∫ To eliminate stigma by educating the community regarding this disease and resources for both prevention and recovery.

The planning committee has been busy getting posters and signs made and organizing special activities, engaging special speakers who will emphasize the need for identifying substance use disorders and recognizing the beauty of recovery, and making sure that all the supplies have been orders and personnel contacted to make sure the event goes off without a hitch.

Vendors will be there with some interactive opportunities and an emphasis on resources for good health, fitness, nutrition, chiropractic care, massage therapy, art therapy, substance use disorder treatment providers, medical assisted treatment providers, physical healthcare, family support and recovery.

There will be free food, drink, music and games.

The event will be supported by local sponsors, yet to be named.

Yes, it’s going to be a wonderful day for the entire community.

So circle the date — August 17 — on your calendar and get excited about this special day.

And talk to your friends and neighbors, get them excited, too.

Registering for the race or volunteer to help where you can.

There’s lots to do in a short period of time and any help or ideas to enhance the event will be greatly appreciated.

“Substance use disorders are a community problem. They affect everyone — those suffering from the disease, friends, families and the people you pass on the street,” said Clinton County Senior Probation Supervisor David Goodwin, a member of Advocates for a Drug Free Tomorrow and project coordinator for the Rally.

“Prevention is key, as is recognizing the beauty of recovery, if we hope to make a difference. Your attendance at the Rally for Recovery can demonstrate the support of the recovery community and those who provide prevention, treatment and recovery support services, he continued, urging the entire Clinton County community be part of the event in one way or another.

Online registration is available with Falcon Race timing at https://falconracetiming.com/event/rally-for-recovery-5k-lock-haven-pa/

If you’d like to help, contact Goodwin at 570-893-4051 ext. 3376, or dgoodwin@clintoncountypa.com. You can also contact Jennifer Reeder, assistant director of West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission at 570-323-8543 orjenreeder@wbdaac.org

And if you’ve got a story to tell to be published in The Express, contact Lana Muthler at lmuthler@lockhaven.com or 570-748-6791.