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2015 Boston Marathon: Man Runs Race 4 Times to Raise Addiction Awareness

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Addicts and alcoholics are people too! David Clark’s efforts at the 2015 Boston Marathon is a shining example of what people in recovery can do once they put down the booze and drugs and embrace life.

2015 Boston Marathon

Being able to qualify for the 2015 Boston Marathon is difficult in itself, but Clark ran it 4 times in a 24 hour time frame. Clark also used to be 320 lbs in addition to being an addict. What was your excuse again for not getting off the couch?

As Clark’s 10 year sober anniversary approached, he wanted to do something important; he wanted to raise awareness about addiction, so he decided to run and run again until his message was received.

“I have 10 years of sobriety coming up this year and I wanted to do a run for addiction awareness,” said Clark.

Sunday at 5:00pm, Clark set out to hit the pavement before the 2015 Boston Marathon had even started. He actually was one of the last official starters and ran a total of 104.8 miles in 24 hours and 17 minutes. Clark nicknamed his accomplishment, the “Quad Boston Marathon.”

His reasoning was this, “I decided to run one marathon for those who are still struggling with addiction; one, for those like myself, who have made it out; one, for the families affected of addiction; and the final one was run in honor and in memory of a local Boston girl who passed away of a drug overdose, Sophie Kelly,” stated Clark.

Overcoming any kind of addiction is difficult, whether it be to drugs, alcohol, food, sex, or gambling. If it controls you and your life, it’s bad enough, but there is hope and recovery is a reality. David Clark’s run became more than just a message of awareness; it became a message of hope. If he can overcome his struggles, why can’t anyone else who is struggling from the disease of addiction? Clark is a true inspiration, and his recent efforts really do show that addicts and alcoholics are not just junkies or drunks, but incredible people with extraordinary spirits.

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We know that David Clark is not the only one doing amazing things in the name of recovery and we want to know about it. Have you done something awesome that shares the message of what recovery is about? Please share with us now! Submit Your Story

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You can read more about David Clark and his recovery from obesity and addiction by clicking the link below.

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