READINGTON, NJ – The third annual Dan the Man Run for Recovery, a Run/Walk around Deer Path Park on West Woodschurch Road, will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 and registration is still available.
This event is in honor of Daniel Snel, who lost his life from a heroin overdose on Sept. 22, 2016, at the age of 27. He had fought the vicious disease of addiction for many years and to help raise money to help others deal with drug addiction, and bring awareness and support for those suffering, his family organized the run. They choose to hold it around the anniversary of his death.
His addiction came after he was in an auto accident at the age of 17 and was prescribed opiates for pain. This was the start of an uphill battle for years to come. Snel graduated Hillsborough High School in 2007, went on to college and stared a career. But he couldn't beat his addiction.
The trail run starts in the sports field area of Deer Path and goes over the trails. Pets are welcome but must be leashed. The trail could be difficult for strollers but they have been used successfully in the past. This year a fun 1/2 mile kids’ run with hay bale obstacles is added. Bring the family out for a great day of exercise, support, and community.
The 5-K run and 2-mile walk both start at 11 a.m. and cost $20. The kid’s run starts 10:30 a.m. and costs $5. Run and walk registration ends 5 p.m. on Thursday while the kids’ deadline is Friday at 5. Registration is available online. For more information go to danthemanrun.com
All proceeds are divided between Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program and the Daniel Snel Memorial Scholarship. The 2018 event raised $7,500. HDAP is a Flemington-based non profit outpatient addictions recovery agency. HDAP depends on grants and donations to serve clients who are unable to pay. The scholarship is open to Hunterdon County high school graduates who have been impacted by a family member or friends’ substance use but have also contributed to bringing awareness and reduction of stigma to the community. Applicants write an essay and winners are chosen by the Snel family.