The Run Your Life 5K is inspired by the rising opioid epidemic in Rhode Island and across the country. Americans are saving and sharing prescription opioids at an alarming rate – a rate almost as alarming as the rise in prescription opioid deaths, which have increased by nearly 50% in the state of Rhode Island since 2011.
Race Date: April 14, 2019
Registration Opens: 8:45 am
Race Starts: 9:30 am
Run Your Life 5K Health Expo: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Alongside the rising death rate, prescription opioids massively increase the risk of depression and drug abuse, with 75% of heroin users reporting their first abuse of opioids as prescription drug abuse. There are safer alternatives for pain management, and as future healthcare professionals, we want the community to know these alternatives are out there. One example – the #CHOOSEPT campaign run by the American Physical Therapy Association, promoting physical therapy as a safe and effective way to treat pain.
Our mission with the Run Your Life 5K is to bring the community together around a common goal, emphasizing healthy lifestyles and alternative solutions to pain medication for pain management.