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Phoenix House run/walk to step off Sept. 20 at Forest Park

Date: 9/18/2014

SPRINGFIELD – Phoenix House New England will host Phoenix House Runs and Walks – For the Health of It! on Sept. 20 at Forest Park, 302 Sumner Ave.

This celebration of life, health, and wellness offers participants the choice of a 3K (1.8-mile) walk or a 5K (3.1-mile) run through the beautiful grounds of one of the nation’s oldest municipal parks.  The day’s festivities include an old-fashioned barbecue with live music by Still Above Ground. Proceeds from the event support the effort of Phoenix House New England to help individuals overcome addiction.

“This will be a great day for Phoenix House,” Neil Gaer, vice president, senior program director, and director of clinical affairs at Phoenix House, said. “Forest Park is a beautiful location for running or walking, and what better way is there to emphasize our commitment to healthy minds and healthy bodies? We’re hoping to see a great crowd!”

Beginning with registration at 9 a.m., the runners will set off at 10 a.m., followed by walkers at 11 a.m. A barbecue lunch, beginning at noon, is included in the registration fee, and Still Above Ground will provide live music.

The registration fee is $25 per participant, $10 for seniors.  Additional family members may participate at $10 per adult and $5 per adolescent ages 12 to 17. Children under 12 years old are free.

Individuals may register online at Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For additional information, call 739-2440, ext. 6271, or visit the Phoenix House Web site,