More than 1,000 expected for Not One More's annual 5K
More than 1,000 participants have signed up to participate in Not One More's third annual walk/run for recovery on Saturday, May 19.
The York chapter of the organization that aims to educate families about the dangers of heroin and offer assistance to those struggling with addiction is also expecting more people to show up to register on the day of the run.
Mary Dolheimer, secretary/treasurer of the chapter, said the annual run has grown quickly since the first year, when about 150 participants showed.
Heroin overdoses have become a growing concern nationwide and locally, with more than 100 confirmed heroin/fentanyl-related deaths in York County during 2017.
The money raised from Saturday's 5K will be used to support Not One More's efforts, which include providing free Narcan — which can reverse the effects of an overdose — and a scholarship program to help addicts get started in recovery, Dolheimer said.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. — the cost is $35 to register at the race — and the race will start at 10 a.m. at John Rudy County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road in East Manchester Township.
The run will be held rain or shine and, with rain in the forecast, Dolheimer suggested participants plan accordingly.
Many participants will be on teams — about 70 teams have signed up — with the name of a loved one lost to addiction on the back of their T-shirts. Tents will also be set up to display pictures of overdose victims.
Anyone seeking more information about the fundraiser can contact vice president Alyssa Rohrbaugh at 717-424-8890 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.