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This year’s Stride for Success charity relay, taking place on Sunday, July 15th at the Lily Lake Pavilion in Saint John, is the final of three relay events to raise the necessary funds for the Recovery Trail Project at the Portage drug rehabilitation centre at Cassidy Lake.

Portage Atlantic and the Future Focus Foundation are calling for teams to participate in this year’s relay to help raise funds for the Recovery Trail Project. The event welcomes people of all ages and fitness levels. The goal is simply to get out, have fun, and support the youth who are working each day to turn their lives around at Portage. Participants will also have a chance to win some great prizes!

With the money raised from the relays over the past three years, a 3.8 km trail through the woods at Cassidy Lake will be developed, on which the young people undergoing substance abuse treatment can get some exercise, breathe in the fresh air, and take some time to reflect on their journey so far. Physical activity is an integral part the therapeutic program at Portage, and the Recovery Trail will provide a new venue for biking, snowshoeing, and running, among other outdoor activities. For more details on the Recovery Trail Project, please read the Recovery Trail Case for Support.

Stride for Success, organised by the Future Focus Foundation for Portage Atlantic, is the charity portion of Saint John’s annual Run Through History: Celebration of Green Space marathon event.

Portage Atlantic is very grateful to the supporters of the Recovery Trail Project, including Forzani Group’s Power of Sports for Kids and Saint John’s United Commercial Travellers (Jack Kidd Council 755), who are both “Magnificent Maples” ($15,000+) in the Recovery Trail Donor Recognition Plan. All participating relay teams are recognised under the plan, including the City of Saint John, Saint John Firefighters, RBC, Sports Check, GENIVAR, the Bra Shop, T4G, and Portage.

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