Despite temperatures in the teens, more than 650 runners turned out for the second annual Joe Davis Memorial Resolution Run was held Saturday morning, Jan. 4, . at Walter Elisha Park.
The event is a fundraiser for Keystone Substance Abuse Services and is named for Joe Davis, a Rock Hill man who struggled with addiction since his teens and died from an accidental overdose four years ago at age 28. He had been sober 18 months and kept his relapse a secret from his family.
The Resolution Run is also about education and spreading awareness of substance abuse and the resources available to help those who need it. The $18,000 raised at the inaugural edition of the race was used to launch Men Under Construction, a male-oriented out patient rehabilitation program, said Monica Hanna, marketing and event coordinator for Keystone, a not-for-profit organization that serves all York County residents regardless of ability to pay.
“I think it went wonderfully,” said Melissa Boyd, Davis’ sister and one of the event’s organizers.
“We had a great turnout. We started the race because we wanted to not only honor his memory but also to make a difference. We wanted to see if we could encourage others to seek help and hopefully prevent what happened to him from happening to somebody else.”
There were more than 650 people registered for either the 5K or the fun/walk - up from 453 in 2013. It was unusually cold for the Southeast Saturday with temperatures hovering in the high teens at around 9 a.m.
Kristen Davis Rhyne, Boyd and Davis’ mother, and a Keystone board member, said this year’s Resolution Run raised close to $25,000.
Boyd encourages individuals and families who have loved one battling addiction to not give up.
“It's a tough battle, but stand beside that person,” she said.
“Addiction and recovery is a lifelong process and for those that are still struggling with addiction, they have to make the decision within themselves. The first step in seeking help is admitting that you have a problem, and a lot of times that is the toughest thing to do, but as a family member, if you can stand beside them and keep encouraging them...there are some times that are just terribly tough, and just hang in there with them.”
Stephanie Marks Martell contributed.