AUGUSTA — Crisis & Counseling Centers will celebrate recovery from mental health and substance abuse concerns at the agency’s family-friendly Second Annual On Track to Recovery 5K Walk/Run, set for Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Kennebec River Rail Trail. All proceeds support C&C’s Client Emergency Fund, which breaks down treatment barriers by helping clients access basic needs, according to a C&C news release.

This professionally timed event is open to the public and includes a Kids’ 1K Fun Run, free event T-shirts, prizes, raffle items, a post-event recovery celebration, and a Kid Zone featuring an ice-cream sundae bar, face painting, cutout photoshoots and games. More than 170 people participated in the inaugural 5K race last fall.

In lieu of paying a registration fee, participants are encouraged to pledge to raise funds. Adult registration is also available for $25 per person, and youth registration, age 2-11, is $12 for the 1K Fun Run. Team registrants earn an additional discount and will compete for a trophy against existing teams, including representatives from the Augusta Police Department, Waterville Police Department and Norton Financial Services.

To register for On Track to Recovery 5K Walk/Run, visit crisisandcounseling.org/get-involved/5k. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the Kids’ 1K Fun Run will start at 8:30 a.m.; rain or shine. The 5K Walk/Run will begin at 9 a.m. Participants will convene near the Kennebec Valley YMCA, 31 Union St., where Capitol Park meets the head of the Kennebec River Rail Trail in Augusta. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the trailhead, in public parking spaces or at the Kennebec Valley YMCA. Participants are encouraged to bring their families, friends and leashed family pets to join together in celebration of recovery.

For more information, contact Courtney Yeager at [email protected] or 213-4523.

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