Hip-hop musician Benji. to cover the Pittsburgh 2021 Walk to Recovery | News | Pittsburgh
After hosting a virtual event in 2020, the Pittsburgh Recovery Walk returns to an in-person walk for its sixth year in downtown Pittsburgh. The walk will take place on Saturday, September 11 at 1201 Waterfront Place in the parking lot in front of the Heinz History Center at 9 a.m.
The walk, which celebrates those recovering from an addiction, takes about 30 minutes through downtown Pittsburgh, so it’s friendly for those who can’t participate in a traditional or 5 mile run.
This year, the walk will feature a resource fair with over 50 vendors, live performances, speakers, kids’ activities, food trucks and more. There is no upfront cost to register for the event, and those in recovery and those supporting them are encouraged to attend.
“I think what’s really special about this event is the way it honors everyone’s personal experience with addiction and recovery,” said Jessica Williams, PRW Events Manager, in A press release. “There is no right or wrong way to get well. Whichever path you take – and wherever you are on that path, we’re here to celebrate it.
The recovery walk is always well attended, and last year’s virtual event saw 10,000 viewers with an expected turnout this year in the thousands.
As part of the resource fair, 50 community groups will be in attendance, including Central Outreach Wellness, mental health advocacy group Steel Smiling and Young People in Recovery. The event will be hosted by Tim Grealish, with speakers Jen Smith (Secretary of Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Programs), Robin Spencer (longtime recovery advocate), Noemi Gonzalez (Ambassador for Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania), and Eric Pilgram (trans man and co-creator of Lions for Penn State Recovery).
The resource fair will also include goods and services that support recovery, including free Narcan and voter registration information.
The event will be led by acclaimed Pittsburgh musician Benji., Whose performance is scheduled for 12 p.m. The full schedule of events is shown below:
9 am: Start of the event: opening of the DJ, awards ceremony, speakers and resource fair
11am: Stroll through downtown Pittsburgh
12h: Flagship musical performance: Benji.
1 p.m .: The event ends
For more information, visit the Pittsburgh Recovery Walk website at pghrecoverywalk.org