Several participants (and a graduate) from the Appalachian Judicial Circuit’s Accountability Courts participated in the Blue Ridge Adventure Race on May 6th. The race teams were led and organized by Veterans Court Case Manager John DiRenzo.
According to the Blue Ridge Adventure Race website, this race is “A 10-hour adventure race” and teams can “expect between 20–30 miles of mountain biking, 5–8 miles of trekking with 4–8 miles of canoeing.” For obvious reasons, the participants have been training for this race for months!
Adventure races can provide a challenging, team-oriented activity that encourages physical fitness and mental resilience. Participation in such events can also foster a sense of community and teamwork, which is critical for individuals who are recovering from substance abuse. Adventure races can provide a healthy outlet for stress and anxiety, which are common triggers for relapse. Exercise is also one of the best ways to help the brain heal from substance abuse.