"The Heroes in Recovery movement started because, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 20 million people needed substance abuse treatment last year and did not receive it. About 10 million Americans did not receive needed mental healthcare. The stigma associated with substance abuse and mental health disorders creates a significant barrier to individuals and families seeking help. It takes a heroic effort to live clean and sober each day, and Heroes celebrates that effort. The sixth kilometer separates a Heroes 6K 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 they also encourage people to live healthy, active lifestyles." (Source: http://heroesinrecovery.com/heroes6k/atlanta-georgia)
I think a lot of my struggle came from the humidity - it was just hard to breathe. Period. While most might find a course of rolling hills the whole way as tough, there was extra motivation to push through. There was something genuinely special about this race. A lot of the runners and volunteers were those that are in recovery and family members. The amount of support from fellow runners was nothing like I have ever seen before. I was truly amazing and beautiful.