The blitz of activity in the days leading up to Christmas can sometimes feel like running in place for the harried planner. Joshua Stevens of Boulder, Colo., will feel the same way this weekend, but for a different purpose.
Stevens, an Army veteran and seasoned runner, will take to a treadmill for 24 hours starting Saturday morning to raise money for The Herren Project, the nonprofit addiction education and fundraising organization started in 2011 by former professional basketball player Chris Herren. The Longmont Times-Call reported that Stevens, in recovery from a prescription opioid addiction, logged more than 101 miles in a similar effort last year, in around 18.5 hours.
Stevens, who has run several distance events in recovery and has benefited from joining a fitness-oriented recovery community in Colorado, admits to not favoring the treadmill, but told the newspaper, “The suffering is worth what we can get out of it.”
The event will take place at Boulder Running Company, where Stevens has a part-time job. Individuals can contribute to the cause online, and visitors to the store also can donate and receive a merchandise discount for their holiday shopping.