AUGUSTA — Crisis & Counseling Centers will celebrate recovery from mental health and substance abuse issues at the agency’s family-friendly third annual On Track to Recovery 5K Walk/Run, set for Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Kennebec River Rail Trail.

Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the Kids’ Fun Run will start at 8:30 a.m.; rain or shine. The 5K 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. 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.

All proceeds will help clients without a funding source who are in recovery from mental health and substance abuse issues access outpatient counseling services.

This professionally timed event is open to the public and includes a Kids’ Fun Run obstacle course, free event T-shirts, prizes, raffle items, a post-event recovery celebration, and a Kid Zone featuring an ice-cream sundae bar, face painting, photo booth, balloon animals and games.

September is Recovery Month, a national awareness campaign that promotes the benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental health and substance abuse concerns.

In lieu of paying a registration fee, participants are encouraged to pledge to raise funds. Adult registration is available for $25 per person, and youth registration, ages 2-10, for the Fun Run is $7.

Team registrants earn an additional discount and will compete for a trophy against existing teams, including representatives from the Waterville Police Department and the Kennebec-Somerset District Attorney’s Office.

To register, visit In order to secure a T-shirt, participants must register by Sept. 3.

For more information, contact Public Relations and Fundraising Manager Courtney Yeager at [email protected] or 213-4523.