By Deanna Vietze
The Coalition for a Drug Free Brown County held its 3rd Annual 5K Recovery Run Color Explosion on Saturday September 15, 2018.
There were over 130 people in attendance including 87 participants, provider agencies, numerous volunteers and spectators.
Attendees of the event had the privilege of celebrating two people in recovery and hearing their stories of addiction and their difficult but successful journey to recovery that provided hope to families and those in active addiction.
The main theme is that Recovery is Possible, Recovery is Beautiful, and Recovery should be Celebrated!
Thank you to our sponsors: Brown County Board of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Brown County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Southern Hills Career & Technical Health Department, Southern Hills Post-Secondary, Brown County Drug Task Force, Child Focus Inc., Safer Schools Safer Students, Talbert House, I68 Ministries, Val Lewis II Attorney at Law, Georgetown Cross Country, Barry and Karen Woodruff, Beebe Chapel CME Church, Harold & Becky Cropper, R.E.A.C.H. For Tomorrow, Ralph & Linda Jennings, Health Source of Ohio, Sheriff Gordon Ellis, Hawkins Law LLC, Judge Danny Bubp, Dr. Todd Williams and Interact for Health.
A special thanks to Guy Hopkins and the Criminal Justice students from Southern Hills Career and Technical Center for providing traffic control and parking, to Coach Hawkins and Tracy Hawkins for timing the race, to students from Ripley Union Lewis Huntington High School for throwing color, to Adams Recovery Center for providing snacks and water, to the Brown County Fair Board for allowing us to use the fairgrounds, to Becky Cropper for water stations and course set up, to Brown County Board of MHAS for registration and event coordination and to the numerous volunteers who made this event a reality.
Awards were given to the first, second and third place runners for men and women and for male and female youth 13 and under.
The winners for men were Clint Hines (27:23), Ralph Jennings (27:27), and Michael Guza (34:32).
The winners for women were Vicki Carrington (31:35), Taylor Creek (34:34) and Jody Rudd (36:31). The winners for female youth were Lilly Puckett (42:53), Sydney Koehler (44:21) and Ella Marksberry (44:49) and for male youth Kayge Seiger (44:37), Eli Lewis (50:22) and Aidan McMonigle (51:20). For a complete list of results please visit www.bcmhas.org/events/5k-recovery-runwalk-results/
A challenge was made to the Brown County school districts to see which district had the most participants. This year the winner of that challenge and the Coalition’s School Spirit award was Western Brown Local Schools.
The Coalition for a Drug Free Brown County meets at 5 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Southern Hills Career and Technical Center for more information, please call Deanna Vietze at 937-378-3504 or visit the Coalition Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coalitionforadrugfreebrowncounty