Running to fight addiction

The very first 5K and 1 mile run to support the Cache County chapter of Addict II Athlete organization will be held this Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m. at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Hyde Park. All fitness levels are invited to attend.

Addict II Athlete began in Utah County and they now have chapters in almost every county in the state. It has had a presence in Cache County for about one year.

According to Angie White of the Bear River Health Department, a supporting partner of the organization, the program is built around the idea of giving those who have had problems with addiction something more positive to focus on.

“It’s for people who have struggled with addiction, it’s for family members, anybody whose life has been touched by addiction. Almost all of us have had some kind of experience with that. And it’s a way of taking away a behavior and replacing it with something greater and something more positive than active addiction,” says White.

For the People’s Jason Williams speaks with Angie White – Audio

If you would like to get involved with the program, they meet every Wednesday at 6 p.m. White says they have been meeting at the Logan Rec Center and will for one more Wednesday. After that they’ll take advantage of the valley’s outdoor beauty in the spring and will meet at First Dam, still at 6 p.m.

“We have lots of families who join us and we just have a good night of getting together. It’s a night of recovery, of family, of exercise and we’ve just worked to erase and replace the stigma of addiction and work on something that is better for us and that is through exercise.”

White was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday. You can get more information at the Addicts II Athlete Facebook page or call the Health Department at (435) 792-6520.

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