Plans underway for 6th annual Recovery bicycle/walk event

Celebrating the victories of central Iowans over substance abuse and mental illness is the theme of the sixth annual Recovery bicycle and walk event Sept. 22.

The public is invited and there is a $5 admission fee.

Center Associates, Life Connections, the Iowa Veterans Home and the Substance Abuse and Treatment Unit of Central Iowa, all of Marshalltown, have teamed-up to sponsor the event.

The four entities work aggressively in dealing with the myriad of substance abuse and mental health issues that impact a large number of central Iowa residents.

Bev Worden represents Center Associates; Angie Lins-Eich, Life Connections; Judy Dostal, IVH and Shannon Chyma, SATUCI.

The planning committee has made a number of changes to keep the event fresh, according to Sarah Pittman, prevention specialist with SATUCI.

“This year bicyclists and walkers will begin at the Grimes Farm and follow the hard surfaced recreation trail approximately five miles to the MEGA-10 Park, and return if they so desire,” she said. “A team will be at MEGA-10 with refreshments. And this year we are encouraging walkers to join us.”

Before participants depart from Grimes Farm, Marshall County Public Health nurse Pat Thompson will make brief remarks about the affects substance abuse and mental illness have on the community.