Addiction treatment fundraiser keeps running past goal

Andrea Hudak (Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

SARANAC LAKE — Andrea Hudak, who started a project to hike and run 2,019 miles to raise $2,019 to help pay for addiction treatment, is starting a color run that will take place later in the summer.

Her original project, Miles for Recovery, has surpassed its goal. Her goal was to raise $2,019 by running and hiking 2,019 miles. A few weeks ago, she and her husband Luke gathered $2,300, all of which will go to a scholarship called Pay it Forward that will be given to those who are unable to afford their addiction recovery treatment at St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers, where she works.

Hudak will now try to increase her impact by letting others join in.

On July 14, a 5K run/walk will allow people to join in on the charity while enjoying an Adirondack summer. The run/walk will start in Riverside Park and eventually make its way back there. Hudak said the course, which goes past the cemetery, will be easy. Those who run will be showered in environmentally friendly paint.

After the 5K, there will be refreshments and entertainment, including face painting, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Hudak said she is still looking for people to register, volunteer and sponsor the event. For those registering, the cost is $35 for adults (18 and up) and $25 for children (10 to 18 years of age). Around 25 people have already registered to run or walk. The next 30 who preregister will each get a free T-shirt. Those interested can reach her at 518-891-3801 ext. 1293, her work phone, or via email at andreahudak@gmail.com.

Hudak still isn’t finished with her other project. She said she and her husband will continue to run and hike and will likely reach their goal of 2,019 miles by the end of August. They are currently at 1,500. Hudak said they have hiked several of the trails and mountains in the area — including Scarface and Haystack — but so far their favorite hikes are the Peninsula trails in Lake Placid, the hike up Mount Baker and the trails around McKenzie Pond.


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