RUN FOR RECOVERY
Run for Recovery is a 5K event that was founded in 2021 by Health Promotion (Student Life) and Intramural Sports (Rec Sports) at Texas A&M University. This year’s Run for Recovery is taking place on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Sober Yoga will also be held directly following the Run for Recovery 5K. You will need to register for BOTH events to attend both!
If you have any questions about this event, email Megan Buck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration will open soon.
You will need to set up an account on imleagues.com in order to register for the event. Once you have an account, you will need to join the Run for Recovery Network on IMLeagues. You can add a network from the drop down feature on the top left corner of your IMLeagues page. Answer the custom questions to officially join the Run for Recovery Network. Choose the appropriate grouping level and click "sign up." Your "team name" should be your first and last name. When prompted, complete your registration payment. Then, you're all set! For general questions about the race, please email Megan Buck (email linked above). All registration questions can be sent to Intramural Sports at email@example.com.
Registration costs $10 for students and $15 for non-students. This fee goes towards event operations and recovery programming. All participants who sign up by October 11 will receive a t-shirt.
Same day registration will be available, but we encourage you to register ahead of time, if possible. If registering the day of the event, we encourage you to arrive before 8:00 a.m. to make sure you have plenty of time before the run begins. Be sure to bring a credit card with you if registering the day of the event.
No, anyone from the surrounding community is welcome to attend Run for Recovery. If you plan to participate in the run, we highly encourage you to register beforehand.
All participants have the choice of registering under one of three gender categories for this event: female, male, or non-binary. The first finisher in each category will earn a medal.
The race route, as displayed above, will start near the intersection of Olsen Blvd and Corrington Dr. Participants will then travel north toward John Kimbrough Blvd and diagonally cross the intersection, with the help of traffic control staff. The route will then head west, loop through Research Park, and head back toward the Wehner building. Runners will get back on Olsen and finish near Corrington. The route is a 5K (3.1 miles).
The following parking options are recommended for this event.
- Lot 100A (any valid permit and paid visitor spots available)
- Lot 100G (any valid permit and paid visitor spots available)
- Lot 100J (any valid permit and paid visitor spots available)
- West Campus Garage (WCG permit and paid visitor spots available)
No. There will be no designated space to leave belongings, and volunteers will not be responsible for watching any belongings left behind. Please plan to leave any belongings you don't wish to run with in your car or at home.
Pets/animals (excluding service animals) are strictly prohibited.
Yes, strollers are allowed.
The safety of our participants and volunteers is our top priority. The event will NOT be cancelled due to rain alone. If lightning is seen or thunder is heard, the event will be postponed for a minimum of 20 minutes until no signs of the storm are present. Participants should seek shelter in their vehicles or a nearby building if available. If lightning continues 20 minutes after the scheduled event start, the race will be subject to cancellation. The race will be canceled in the event of a tornado warning.
No refunds will be given due to inclement weather.
Participants are welcome to walk and/or run. At the starting line, we will instruct those who plan to walk to stay in the back of the crowd to allow the runners to proceed on a clear path.
Yes. Anyone is welcome to cheer you on from the start/finish line or along the route. We only ask that supporters maintain a clear path for the race participants. Please note: you must register in order to participate in the race itself, as well as to access the post-race food and beverages.
This event will not provide any official race timing. However, you may informally track your time using our race clock, which will be displayed at the finish line. It is your responsibility to pay attention to your time if you desire that information. The top finisher in each gender category will receive a medal.
Water will be available before and after the race as well as at the halfway mark. Light brunch items will be available at the post-race celebration on the Rec Center Terrace.
Use the same registration link as Run for Recovery. More info can be found above.
Yes! Just make sure you register for BOTH events if you want to attend both. Sober Yoga will begin at 10 a.m. (1.5 hours after the run begins), so there will be plenty of time to attend both.
Sober Yoga is completely FREE.
Yes, just make sure you register for only the event you want to attend.
We encourage attendees to abstain from alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, other recreational drugs, and any other addictive behaviors in their lives for 72 hours before the event. This sober challenge is completely optional.
Sober Yoga is a trauma-informed yoga class.
No. Run for Recovery, similar to our other recovery programming, is open to sober, sober-curious, and sober-friendly individuals. When you register, you will be encouraged to be a recovery ally by committing to the following tenets:
- Not pressure friends and peers to use drugs or alcohol
- Supporting students in recovery by avoiding stigmatizing language and not promoting substance use
- Always considering the safety of friends and peers during social events
- Speaking up when the rights or safety of people in recovery are jeopardized
Recovering from addiction is more than just removing alcohol or other drugs from one’s life. It’s an ongoing process that involves healing on all levels. Footprints Beachside Recovery Center has described unique ways the Eight Dimensions of Wellness apply to those in recovery, listed below:
- Emotional: To a large extent, your emotional wellbeing depends on your willingness and dedication to practice the healthy coping skills you learned in your addiction rehab program. This is also an essential component of relapse prevention.
- Physical: Exercise is a great way to repair the damage of long-term drug or alcohol abuse and triggers a natural release of dopamine in the brain’s reward center.
- Spiritual: Sometimes life is tough. Your spirituality could give you a sense of purpose that may make it easier to cope with difficult situations.
- Occupational: If you find satisfaction in your job, consider yourself lucky. People like you often believe their lives feel more rewarding and fulfilling. Not so lucky? Think about volunteering in your community – either by donating your time to those in need or by offering your unique skill set to make life better for the people around you.
- Intellectual: Pursing activities you find interesting is a great way to keep your brain active and to help restore the damage caused by habitual drug or alcohol use.
- Environmental: Do what you can to make your living arrangements as pleasant and as stimulating as possible, because your physical environment plays a huge role in your well-being.
- Social: Social isolation is one of the most common addiction relapse triggers. If you aren’t comfortable meeting new people – and some people aren’t – try to maintain contact with the friends or family you already have.
- Financial: Our personal finances are huge source of stress and anxiety. And, unfortunately, we can’t make it go away overnight. However, the key to feeling more financially secure is to take small steps each day. This can help you stay in control while you chip away at your debt.
Visit Health Promotion's Recovery Services page to find a list of campus and community resources for those in recovery.
The Student Life donation page lists several opportunities for donation, including a link to support recovery programming. The Recovery Programming link will take you to the Texas A&M Foundation's donation portal. In addition, Run for Recovery registration fees will contribute to sustaining our programs.