30 Oct '14, 6pm

Nine former drug addicts seek sobriety through marathoning.

Nine former drug addicts seek sobriety through marathoning.

Italian coach Dr. Gabriele Rosa has worked with some of the biggest names in the sport, from former world marathon record holder Paul Tergat to New York City Marathon course record holder Margaret Okayo to the late Olympic Marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru. For Sunday's New York City Marathon , Rosa has taken another group of runners under his wing—nine men and women from San Patrignano, one of the largest drug rehabilitation centers in Europe. This is the second year that the center’s Beyond the Finish Line program will send a group to the marathon; last year, seven runners and four staff members made the trip. “We chose the New York City Marathon because we want to say to the world that everyone can succeed in running a marathon and everyone can succeed in stopping using drugs,” says Antonio Boschini, one of San Patrignano’s doctors. The facility, which is free of charge a...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/new-york-city-marathon/former...

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