The 5K will take place, rain or shine, at Hastings Lake in the Lake County Forest Preserve, located at 21155 W. Gelden Road, Lake Villa, IL 60046. All ages and fitness levels are welcome to join. The 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Youth 1K Fun Run, which will start at 9:30 a.m.
Participants can register online at http://RecoverGateway.org/race. Online registration will be open until 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 28th. Additionally, people can register at packet pick-up on Friday, September 29th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Gateway Lake Villa (25480 W. Cedarcrest Lane, Lake Villa, IL 60046).
Participants may also register the morning of the race, but to guarantee their requested t-shirt size, they are encouraged to register online by September 28th. The fee is $35 for the 5K and $15 for the Kids Fun Run. Gateway Employees receive a special rate of $20.
Participants will receive a t-shirt, various giveaways, and will also be entered to win raffle prizes. After the race, participants are welcome to refuel with bagels and other light snacks and refreshments.
Gateway wishes to thank all 5K sponsors, including TASC, Sodexo, Kaufman, Hall & Associates LLC, Footprints to Recovery, Soft Landing Interventions, Greater Wisconsin Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Live4Lali, Johnson & Johnson, Chicago Behavioral Health Hospital, and Protiviti.
The goal of the run/walk is to raise awareness of and funds for preventing drug overdose. Gateway's Naloxone Distribution Program helps to decrease the fatalities caused by overdose. Naloxone, an opiate antagonist that reverses the effect of overdose from opiates such as heroin, can provide a window of opportunity to save a life until emergency medical help arrives.
The Lake County Opioid Initiative was started to address the rapidly increasing opiate problem in Lake County, in which 69 Lake County residents have died due to heroin and other opiates—doubling in just 5 years. Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim called on local stakeholders to develop a comprehensive opioid prevention strategy for Lake County. Several groups, including Nicasa Behavioral Health Services, Live4Lali, the Lake County State's Attorney's Office, George Filenko Chief of Round Lake Park Police Department and Commander of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, and Roosevelt University's Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, worked together to develop the outline for the opioid prevention plan—considered a model for Illinois, and for the nation.