Run, Walk Call Attention To Drug Abuse In SEI

Posted On June 11, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Runners compete in last year's BAAAD 5K Run/Walk in Rising Sun. The 3rd annual event happens Saturday, June 14, 2014. provided

Runners compete in last year’s BAAAD 5K Run/Walk in Rising Sun. The 3rd annual event happens Saturday, June 14, 2014.

(Rising Sun, Ind.) – Two separate events in southeast Indiana this Saturday, June 14 look to send a message to the victims, survivors, and family members who have experienced the scourge of drug abuse.

On Saturday morning, the 3rd Annual Believers Against the Abuse of Alcohol and Drugs 5K Run/Walk will take off from Rising Sun City Hall, 200 N. Walnut Street. The BAAAD 5K is organized by the First Baptist Church of Rising Sun and other local churches to raise awareness of the illegal use of prescription, over-the-counter, and illegal substances.

“Believer’s Against the Abuse of Alcohol and Drugs believes the growing problem of drug abuse is due to the fact that we look at it as an illness, not a behavioral/spiritual problem,” says organizer Donita Valentine. “We believe that it has become a diagnosis which allows profits to be made by medical professions, pharmaceutical companies and politicians.  Thus causing the problem to not be resolved or even the slightest improvement.”

Race day registration is $20 per person, including a t-shirt while supplies last. Runners and walkers ages 18 and younger are $10 each with a t-shirt.

Check in begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:45 a.m. The race begins at 8:00 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded for the top male and female overall performers, as well as top walkers and those in several age groups.

Those who run in the 5K in Rising Sun can rest up and then make their way to downtown Lawrenceburg Saturday evening for a leisurely walk that also has an anti-drug message. The southern Indiana chapter of Not One More – not affiliated with BAAAD – will hold a two-mile Recovery Walk through Lawrenceburg.

The Recovery Walk aims to highlight people in recovery and remember those who have lost the battle to addiction. The walk starts at the corner of East High and Short streets at 5:00 p.m.

A lantern lighting will take place on the Ohio River levee at dusk. The event will also feature music and speakers from around the tri-state, resource booths available to all affected by addiction, t-shirt sales, and food and beverages.