Hundreds Gather to Walk for Sobriety

More than $35,000 raised at 2nd Annual 5K Walk for Sobriety

By Melissa L. Severeid
|  Saturday, Jun 22, 2013  |  Updated 9:44 PM PDT
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Hundreds Gather to Walk for Sobriety

Alyssa Enwright

Tommy Sablan, Jeanne McAlister, and Ron Roberts at the 2nd annual Walk for Sobriety.

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Hundreds of people who have been affected by addiction celebrated hope and recovery Saturday at the 2nd Annual 5K Walk for Sobriety.

The McAlister Institute, an addiction treatment center, organized the 5K walk at the NTC Park at Liberty Station to raise awareness about sobriety and the support needed for addicts on the road to recovery.

Participants began checking in at 8 a.m. and the actual walk started at 9 a.m. San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Tommy Sablan from KyXy’s “Jeff & Jer” show hosted the event.

More than 400 walkers and runners showed the power of recovery by wearing the number of days themselves or their loved ones have been clean and sober. They also added messages to their numbers about what it means to them to have taken the journey toward sobriety.

By walking and making donations, attendees celebrated treatment solutions that have made long-term success possible.

All proceeds from Saturday’s event will benefit McAlister Institute's 26 treatment and education programs across San Diego and Napa Counties.

The McAlister Institute says it has accumulated over 1,100 years of sobriety. Their mission is to “provide professional services that heal the lives of individuals and families, improving the quality of life in communities through the miracle of recovery.”

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