A Marathon: Raising Awareness of Drug Abuse

A marathon is 26.2 miles or roughly 46,112 steps.

leadership   noun   lead·er·ship \ˈlē-dər-ˌship\  (Merriam-Webster definition # 3): the power or ability to lead other people.

  • Leadership as a high school & collegiate team captain: check.
  • Leadership as a teacher, coach, and mentor: check.
  • Leadership as a team leader, and department chair: check.
  • Leadership as an assistant principal: check.
  • Leadership as a father and family member: check.
  • Leadership in the community…

The community is an area I would like to expand my leadership qualities and make a difference.  Among other towns and communities, the town of New Milford, Connecticut has been classified as having a heroin problem.  The Town and associated committees/agencies have been committed to devoting resources to address and eradicate this concern.

Recently, New Milford High School invited former NBA player for the Boston Celtics, Chris Herren to raise an awareness of the dangers of substance abuse.  Herren has spoken to many school districts over the years, where he recounts his drug-addicted days and provides perspective on overcoming the problem and supporting youth.

At the height of Herren’s success, drug addiction destroyed his life.  Chris was able to turn his life around and make a positive impact. Click here for a video that summarizing his rollercoaster ride from drug addiction to recovery:  Herren’s Advice to his Younger Self

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, I will be running the Hamptons Marathon to benefit The Herren Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Herren to provide support and raise an awareness of the dangers of substance abuse.

Despite my running in college on a full scholarship, qualifying and running in the NCAA Division 1 Cross Country championships for two consecutive years, and posting times of 4:07 for the mile and 14:15 for the 5K, I have never run a marathon.  Running for the THP Running Team allows me to contribute and play a small part to support this cause.

I believe that the challenge, determination, and hard work associated with training for and running a 26.2 mile race represents a direct connection to the same characteristics needed to recover from the addiction of drugs and alcohol.  Together we can make a difference, one race, one step at a time.   I am taking 46,112 steps on September 26th to make a difference. 

This is one way I would like to use my leadership to influence an area of need.  If possible, please help me support The Herren Project by making a donation through my page: https://goo.gl/SDNHgy.  Please don’t forget to send this website to anyone that you think might be interested in donating!  For more information, visit: www.theherrenproject.org.

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About Dr. Chris Longo

Principal, Schaghticoke Middle School, New Milford, CT
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