FARGO – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum will take part in the Michael Kaspari Memorial Run for Recovery Thursday, Sept. 14 at Lindenwood Park in Fargo. Kathryn Burgum, an advocate for addiction recovery, will also speak following the 5K, 3K and 1K walk/run events.
The run is being held as part of Recovery Month, marked each September. In addition to raising awareness about addiction, the Run for Recovery supports the Family Program at Fargo’s First Step Recovery, a program of The Village Family Service Center. First Step was co-founded by Mike Kaspari, who passed away unexpectedly in April following a fall in his home. This year’s run was renamed in Kaspari’s memory.
Thursday’s events start at 5 p.m. In addition to the three run/walk distances, there will be a Recovery Wall for people to write messages; a meal with fellowship time; and kids’ activities, including a magician and face-painting. To register for the event or to donate, visit TheVillageFamily.org/run4recovery.
Sponsors for the event are: Alerus Financial, Essentia Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Bell Bank, Scheels, and First Step Recovery Alumni. WDAY reporter Kevin Wallevand will serve as emcee. In addition to Kathryn Burgum, The Village’s CEO and President Doug Vang and members of the Kaspari family will speak.
The Village is based in Fargo and has offices in 15 communities across North Dakota and Minnesota. Its programs and services include counseling, addiction treatment, in-home family therapy, mentoring, adoption services, pregnancy counseling, truancy intervention, financial counseling, employee assistance programs, and business training.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Reporters and camera crews are welcome to attend the event anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. Sept. 14. Activities will be located at and near the main shelter in Lindenwood Park. The running events start at 5:30 and 6 p.m., and speakers are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. For assistance that evening, please contact Sherri Hashbarger at (701) 799-7451.
The Village’s mission is to improve the quality of life through services designed to strengthen individuals, families, and organizations. We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation and are a United Way Community Partner.