Wednesday, June 1, 2011
WALLA WALLA - Runners, walkers, amblers and lopers can support the Trilogy Recovery Community in its first Run for Recovery at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Rooks Park.
The four-mile event has been in the planning stages for about four months, said Trilogy's AmeriCorps' volunteer and event organizer Meredith McCarty.
The event is $20 per participant, with all funds going to the Trilogy Recovery House, which is an organization that helps youth stay clean and sober, McCarty said.
The community just founds its first home off Poplar Street near Providence St. Mary Medical Center, and the money will go to fixing up the building.
"Right now, we're homeless, and that makes it harder for us to get word out about the organization and to reach the people we need to help," McCarty said. "This is a wonderful organization and we're looking forward to being able to give the community something to be able to say, ‘Ah, that's Trilogy.'"
The house was donated by St. Mary's, McCarty said.
"This will open a lot of doors," she said of the new home. "Youth and community members will actually be able to walk by us and identify us."
Trilogy will not take possession of the home until later this month and still has renovations and other work to do before it will be ready to serve the community, McCarty said.
The run will help the organization raise money, as well as get their name out there.
"Addiction can be a scary topic," McCarty said. "We want to educate people about it."
And a healthy walk on a nice spring day is part of that, she said. McCarty came to Walla Walla with AmericCorps last fall and found inspiration at Rooks Park. She designed the four-mile loop, which begins and ends at the park, on the wide, flat roads that surround it.
There will be prizes for top finishers, as well as drawings, she said. Prizes include gift cards from local businesses, including Peach & Pear, Green Spoon, the Colville Street Patisserie and Starbucks, while other businesses are in sponsorship roles.
McCarty, all of her fellow Walla Walla AmeriCorps volunteers and most of Trilogy's board of directors will be volunteering on the day of, as well as others in the community, she said.
Although McCarty didn't set a fiscal goal on the event, she did have a minimum.
"I wasn't going to settle for less than $1,000, " she said. "We've surpassed that, and I'm really excited about it."
There were about 40 signups last week, and McCarty hopes decent spring weather will bring in more, and bring out walkers on the day of the event.
"Our goal is to bring in as many people as possible," she said.
And it's an event that should be appealing to everyone, she said.
"It's good for young, old, families, people who like to exercise and people who don't," she said. "It's a nice, easy trail, there's no traffic and hopefully the weather will be beautiful. It should be a good day."
For more information or to sign up, contact McCarty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Run for Recovery
Trilogy's first Run for Recovery, a four-mile walk/run for all community members to benefit the Trilogy Recovery Community, a center for youth addicts.
Sunday, June 5
$20 to participate