Substance Awareness Council’s 2nd 5k run/walk set for Riverview Park

SEBASTIAN — The Substance Awareness Council of Indian River County is looking for people to “Compete to Defeat Drug Abuse” by participating in the organization’s second annual 5k run/walk on July 3.

The race will begin and end at Riverview Park in Sebastian and costs $20 to register in advance or $25 that day and marks the start of the City of Sebastian’s Fourth of July festivities. The city’s annual parade will commence immediately following the end of the Substance Awareness Council’s 5k event.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following categories: Overall, Overall Masters, ages 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and older. The first three walkers to complete the race will also receive awards.

Day of registration begins at 6 a.m. at Riverview Park, though early registrants can pick up their packets at Runner’s Depot on Friday, July 2. Pets are not allowed to participate in the race.

This year’s race is sponsored by Merrill Lynch, Space Coast Credit Union, Seacoast National Bank, and the Dyer Difference Award.

The Substance Awareness Council of Indian River County was founded in 1989 as a resource for information and referral, and has expanded the services offered as the community need has increased, according to the organization’s website,

“Prevention is our primary focus,” the group says on its website.

The organization receives funding through grants, foundations and donations, and operates under the direction of a volunteer board of directors.

For more information about the second annual “Compete to Defeat Drug Abuse” 5k run/walk on July 3, call the Substance Awareness Council of Indian River County at (772) 770-4811 or e-mail

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