Completing the New York City marathon is no small accomplishment, especially for men and women who have been battling substance use disorders. This year’s marathon team was our largest ever: 45 Odyssey House residents, alumni, staff and supporters. In addition, more than 50 Odyssey House staff and clients cheered the runners on from the Mile 19 water station.
In the week leading up to the marathon, News 12 Bronx profiled the Odyssey House team. The segment offered a behind the scenes look into the treatment and training regimens of our runners and how running helped one of our residents beat the odds and change his life.
Odyssey House resident Timothy credits his participation in the Odyssey House marathon team with helping him through the treatment process. “I’ve been running from my problems for basically all my life and now it’s like I’m running towards a solution,” he said.
Congratulations to everyone who completed the 2013 Marathon and a big thank you to those of you who contributed to John Tavolacci’s fundraising campaign and helped him reach his goal!