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What is a Heroes 6K?

A Heroes in Recovery 6K is a 3.728 mile race that brings together those in recovery, their loved ones, supporters of the cause and whole communities in order to break the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health conditions. It takes a heroic effort to live clean and sober each day, and a Heroes 6K celebrates that effort. The sixth kilometer separates a Heroes race from a typical 5K to symbolize the extra effort it takes to sustain recovery. The six kilometers also represent the six letters in the word HEROES. These races inspire communities to support recovery and also to live healthy, active lifestyles.

Each Heroes 6K race has a local charity beneficiary that receives a portion of the proceeds from the event. These charities have a connection with recovery and support our mission of helping people heal from addiction and mental health issues. Our goal is to aid local organizations in their efforts as we go from city to city spreading the word about Heroes in Recovery.

Heroes 6K races have been held in numerous locations around the country since the founding of the Heroes in Recovery movement in 2011. Previous locations include Leiper’s Fork, TN; Greenville, SC; Palm Springs, CA; Coconut Creek, FL; Roswell, GA; Memphis, TN; and Louisville, CO.; Gilbert, AZ; San Diego, CA; Agoura Hills, CA; Orange County, CA; Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Charlotte, NC. Our goal is to reach each end of the country with the Heroes in Recovery message through this unique, inspiring venue. Our first 6K in Leiper’s Fork was sold out—and since then, we have continued to gain participants around the nation who are excited to be involved with us.

Each race is a run/walk event, meaning it isn’t simply for those who are athletically inclined. Families with children (even those in strollers), runners, joggers and walkers are all welcome! Our races are family fun events, involving music, food and activities after the race. Participants and volunteers are invited to stay and enjoy the festivities. We give awards to the top four male and female overall finishers, as well as the top four male and female finishers in each age group, and all participants receive a finisher’s medal and Heroes in Recovery technical t-shirt.

Signing up for a Heroes 6K is a fun, practical way to support the cause of recovery. Thousands of people have already joined us in the effort to remove the barrier that keeps 20 million people each year from getting the addiction and mental health help they need, and we’ll keep going until we reach thousands more. You can get involved by choosing to run the race, volunteering or spreading the word. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your running group, church group, co-workers and neighbors—the more people we can reach, the more lives we save!