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Local Women’s Group Runs to Break the Ice on Mental Health and Substance Abuse
2/14/2017 9:50:00 AM by dgreen

Team Inspire, a group of local women bound together by the desire to help families dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues, will run from Roanoke Rapids to Surf City, North Carolina this spring. The 170+more than 170-mile trek will begin on May 4. The group plans to cover more than 50 miles per day, arriving in Surf City May 7. A finish party is set for May 7, from 2 - 5 p.m. at Soundside Park. 

The women have been inspired by the original cross-country Icebreaker Run from California to Washington DC last May, with the purpose of bringing substance abuse and mental health awareness to the communities along the route.

Team Coordinator Rebecca Moxey, a two-time Ironman, encourages everyone to ‘like’ the team’s Facebook event page to learn how to sponsor the team, track the progress of the runners, and plan to join the finish celebration. 

"For more than five years, the ladies of Team Inspire have been quietly helping each other through a variety of very difficult and emotional issues -  mental and physical illness, addiction, PTSD, and suicide, to name a few,” said Moxey, a recovering alcoholic who is celebrating more than 10 years of sobriety. “Now, our hope has grown so we want to share it with others.  We will have a running dialogue as we cross the State holding out our hands so others may grasp it.”

The group will use the event as a launching point for more programs and resources for the community. Contact Rebecca Moxey to participate in the finish party or to sponsor or donate to the team.

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