Run supports addicts as they 'bridge’ to recovery

Run for Recovery

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - People in Watertown put on their running shoes Saturday to support recovery from addiction.

The Watertown Urban Mission hosted the 11th annual Run for Recovery at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

The event is both a 5K and 10K race where participants can run or walk.

Urban Mission officials estimate around 300 people registered for this year's event.

All proceeds go to the organization's Bridge Program.

Program director Anthony Matthews says the stories people share stand out to him the most.

"We have people come in and they talk to us about loved ones who have lost their battles and the ones who achieve sustained sobriety, and stuff like this," he said. "Just the stories that people come in and tell us is really amazing."

People struggling with addiction are sentenced by a court to the Bridge Program, which is an alternative to incarceration.

Matthews says the program is meant to help “bridge” people from addiction to recovery.

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