Runners and walkers will hit the streets on Milton later this month to help fight the opioid epidemic. Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse is set for Sat., Oct. 21. The event is held in memory of 42-year-old Michael Mulcahy, a Dorchester native and Milton resident who died in December after a decade-long struggle with opioid addiction.
Registration will start at 9 a.m. in the Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5K will kick off at 10 a.m. at 44 Edge Hill Rd. and follow the route of the Milton Road Race.
The funds raised will benefit both Milton Substance Abuse Prevention and Coalition and The Gavin Foundation, a recovery center where Mike stayed for a few months and had an overall great experience working towards recovery.
“With the run, we’re hoping to achieve awareness,” explained Ryan Mulcahy, Mike’s brother. “Gavin in Southie and the Milton organization help us achieve our larger goal [of breaking down barriers for those that need treatment. It’s obviously a huge problem and it needs this kind of initiative. It needs a response.”
The 5K has been organized by a small committee of Mike’s close friends and family. They are hoping to raise over $25,000. According to Mulcahy, his mom, Diane, has been a great fundraising leader going out and getting support. The race already has over 200 registered members.
“It’s gotten a really great response, there’s been a lot of momentum,” he said. “Mike had lots of friends and grew up in Milton and the community of people in recovery is really strong. I find that they’re really loyal and passionate. It’s been fantastic support, especially from my parents, and it’s been very moving.”
To register for the run or donate, please visit: racewire.com/register.php?id=8060.