Community event focuses on substance abuse prevention, healthy living
Ticonderoga – North Country Community College will raise awareness about substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery when it hosts the inaugural Healthy High 5k in Ticonderoga on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Open to all ages, this community walk/run race encourages participants to develop healthy habits to sustain their recovery or the recovery of an addict in their lives. Before and after the event, participants will be able to meet with agencies in the region involved with substance abuse prevention, treatment, recovery and personal wellness.
“The college and our partner agencies planning this event see this as a priority issue affecting our local and regional community,” said Kim Irland, North Country’s Dean of Student Life. “We recognize that addiction affects families and friends as well as the substance user, and we invite all members of the community to be part of this event to build healthy habits and celebrate recovery at whatever stage someone might be.”
Check-in for the Healthy High 5k is at 9:30 a.m. at NCCC’s Ticonderoga campus at 11 Hawkeye Trail. The race starts at 10 a.m. sharp. The course winds through Bicentennial Park, along the LaChute River and through town before returning to the campus.
Race registration is $10 for individuals and $7 per person for teams. Medals will be awarded for first, second and third place in both the men’s and women’s races. In addition to the 5k, an untimed one-mile fun walk/run is also available.
Registration and additional information is available online at www.nccc.edu/healthyhigh5k.
The Healthy High 5k is being organized by NCCC, the college’s Ticonderoga Campus Student Government Association, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, The Prevention Team, the Town of Ticonderoga and LaChute Roadrunners Club.
“Through collective focus and collaboration on prevention, treatment and recovery we can raise awareness and strengthen support for all ages struggling with addiction in the North Country,” Irland said.
About North Country Community College: As the only public college located in the Adirondack Park, North Country Community College provides educational, cultural and recreational programming to a 3,500 square mile service area with a population of 90,000. The college maintains three campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga, New York; an extensive high school-based academic partnership; and online course offerings. North Country Community College is part of the SUNY (State University of New York) system. With 64 unique colleges and universities, SUNY provides learning environments for every type of student, every stage of life, and every kind of passion. For more information, visit www.nccc.edu.