Virtual memorial race for those in Maine, NH lost to addiction is Oct. 25-31

PORTLAND — The Family Restored will host its annual Memorial Race virtually this month to honor the memories of those who have passed away from addiction and to raise money to support those seeking recovery. The organization began as a support group for family members coping with their loved one’s addiction and grew into a movement that has helped hundreds of people receive treatment.
As the rates of overdoes continue to increase in 2020, it is vital to establish connections however possible. A virtual race offers a way to safely participate in this well-loved event. By registering, participants are committing to run, walk, hike or cycle the amount they commit to in honor of all of those who have lost their lives to addiction. How one completes the race is up to them — treadmill, peloton, hiking trail. Participation will be noted by sharing on Facebook and Instagram and tagging. The event will be a weeklong instead of one day to allow ample time to participate.
“Every year this event brings together the recovery community to visibly honor those lost to the disease of addiction and to bring hope to those struggling,” said Eric Girard, executive director. “We felt it was important to still show that solidarity in a way that is safe for everyone. We are still here. We feel the losses deeply and honor them. We also know there’s a way out, and we can offer help to those struggling.”
Additionally, every year there is a memorial wall for those who have lost a loved one. This year that wall is also virtual. The Family Restored is encouraging friends and family members to post photos and memories on an event page hosted on Facebook.
The virtual Memorial Race will be held from Sunday, Oct. 25, through Saturday, Oct. 31 using Facebook, Instagram and Zoom to document progress.
The Family Restored is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the mission to strengthen and support families affected by addiction in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. For more information,