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Run for a Cause: “RUN FOR THE HEALTH OF IT” Gears Up for its 2nd Year

Published on Friday, August 18, 2023 | 3:20 pm

Lace up your shoes and mark your calendars! On Sunday, August 20, the community will gather at the scenic Hahamongna Park in La Canada for the 2nd Annual “RUN FOR THE HEALTH OF IT” event, which is more than just a race—it’s a mission.

Organized by the Grandview Foundation Inc., a cornerstone in the community for the past half-century, this run/walk event is not just about achieving your personal best or enjoying a day outdoors. It’s a movement emphasizing the vital link between physical and mental well-being, especially for those on the road to recovery from addiction. Over the years, the foundation has discovered that recovery rates soar when physical exercise becomes a part of the treatment process. This race not only emphasizes the importance of fitness but also champions the larger cause of mental health and holistic recovery.

The run, which commences sharply at 8:00 am, is open to everyone—from serious athletes to families pushing strollers. It’s designed to be inclusive and is a testament to the community’s commitment to wellness and support for the Grandview Foundation’s unwavering dedication to those they serve. For five decades, the foundation has been offering hope and recovery treatment, irrespective of one’s financial situation. Their holistic approach has combined residential, outpatient, and sober living treatments with mental health services, fostering a cooperative community environment that promotes participation in wellness programs.

And why the emphasis on running? For many grappling with addiction, the journey often involves seeking ways to alleviate pain or stress. Running introduces a healthier, more constructive way to find relief and uplift one’s mood. The act of running not only helps curb drug cravings and minimizes relapse temptations but also addresses numerous health complications that often accompany addiction.

Registration for the event is priced between $25.00 and $35.00, and more details can be found here.

So, whether you’re running to break a sweat, support a loved one, or stand by the Grandview Foundation’s commendable mission, you’re taking a step in the right direction. For every stride you take, you’re not just bettering your health, but also helping light the path for someone else’s journey to recovery.

Hahamongna Watershed Park is located at 4550 Oak Grove Dr., La Canada Flintridge

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