The road to recovery isn’t easy for some of the Valley’s most vulnerable.
Every year, a group of volunteers joins forces to help make that journey a little easier by hitting the pavement.
The organization is called ‘Up and Running Again’ the non-profit works with the Valley’s homeless and helps them on their roads to recovery by training them to run a half-marathon.
“I’m excited to see the new runners and watch other people grow from this opportunity,” said volunteer Masud Karim of the new season.
Karim knows their journey firsthand. Karim trained for last year’s half marathon when he was enrolled in the Las Vegas Rescue Mission’s rehabilitation program.
“I was having some trouble in my personal life and needed a break, needed to find some help,” recalled Karim of his experience before starting marathon training. “Once I had the opportunity and seeing the positive effect it had on some of the former runners, I jumped at the chance.”
Coach Geoff Sage understands the challenges the runners face as well. Sage, too, has been through recovery.
“One of the things that we learn in recovery is that without a challenge it’s hard to create and initiate change in our lives,” Sage said. “This is a huge challenge for the clients in addition to the challenge of recovery. So it really complements the recovery they’re going through and provides them a challenge that appears physical on the surface but really is mental emotional and spiritual as well.”
Before the organization can change lives, Sage says the team needs a little help raising funds.
“We use donations to pay for shoes for the runners, entry fees, costs like that that directly support the runners,” Sage said.
In addition to donations, the team is also looking for more volunteers and the new season starts Monday.
For more information for can message the team here.