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Marisa's Purpose: Run To Recovery

 5K Run and Walk

Saturday, September 14th, 2019 

Lodge Park, Monticello, IL

The Marisa’s Purpose Run To Recovery consists of a 5K Race.

 "Save The Date" September 14, 2019 Race Start Time is at 8:30 am.


Please join us for the second annual Marisa's Purpose Run to Recovery. This 5K race benefits, Marisa's Purpose (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth and parents about drug abuse. Proceeds from last year's race helped four people get into recovery and one person return to Narcotics Anonymous. We have also been able to use funding to host Narcan (Naloxone) educating and training classes, and in March we hosted one at Monticello High School. In addition to all of this, we visit as many schools as possible to talk to the students about the dangers of drugs, alcohol misuse, and how it affects the whole family because knowledge is a powerful tool against drug and alcohol misuse.  

All proceeds from this Event will go to continuing educating our youth and the parents. My hope is that we can help as many people possible struggling with drug and alcohol misuse. This past year we have helped four people get into recovery, one person return to NA (Narcotics Anonymous). March 6th 2019 we hosted a Narcan (Naloxone) educating and training class at Monticello High School, and plan to host more. I visit as many schools as possible to talk to the students about the dangers of drugs alcohol misuse and how it affects the whole family. Our guest speaker this year visiting all the middle and high schools in Piatt County is Nadine Machkovech from Appleton Wisconsin.

Marisa's Purpose Run to Recovery will start at 8:30 a.m. and begin and end at Lodge Park in Monticello, IL. There will be music, raffles and activities for children, including face-painting and balloon artists. We are expecting approximately 200 runners to participate in the event and anticipate hundreds of spectators will be following the race. In addition to the participating runners, hundreds of spectators will be following the race. Family and friends are welcome to stand on the sidelines and cheer runners on. Our guest speaker this year, Nadine Machkovech from Appleton Wisconsin, will be visiting all the middle and high schools in Piatt County. Please see below for more information on Nadine. We appreciate your support for our organization and know that together, we can save lives. 

Nadine Machkovech is a certified recovery coach and person in long-term recovery. As an educator on addiction and mental health, she looks to positively disrupt the current landscape for adolescents, especially young women, across the country. She is dedicated to building a life centered around self-care, service, and reconnecting others to their greater purpose in life. 

Machkovech has graced the TEDx stage, been featured in Forbes, and is often aspired after for her dynamic peer leadership skills. She has created measurable social change while educating students, teachers, professionals, and peers on topics of substance use and misuse, mental health awareness, leadership, and the development of life skills.

She is also the Chief of Operations of RISE TOGETHER, a grassroots non-profit organization that exists to ignite a movement of hope that is saving lives. Their solution is to provide communities with high-quality educational content, programs, workshops, and trainings that help build strong advocates and leaders. Since September of 2013, RISE TOGETHER has educated nearly 150,000 young adults and adolescents on addiction and mental health and their life-saving work has been recognized by the White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy.

Additionally, Machkovech has been invited to be a planning partner with SAMHSA’s Recovery Planning Committee and has presented at many conferences including Wisconsin’s Statewide Recovery Rally, Community Catalyst’s SUD Convening, UW Marshfield Mental Health State Conference, Northwood's Coalition Statewide Mental Health Conference, Nurses Association WI State Conference, United Way Teen Symposium, and Human Service Association Statewide Conference.

Machkovech has found her purpose in an ever-growing platform for good. She carries this responsibility with a great amount of passion and purpose in hopes that these efforts will help to not only develop peer leaders but also help others towards the achievement of their future vision and life-long goals.   

For more information go to

Questions may be answered by contacting:

Connie Gyorr 630-234-8175

Registration fees

Virtual 5K Runner

  1. $40.00
    Mar 17 - Sep 13

5K Family of 4

  1. $80.00
    Mar 17 - Sep 13

5K Adult Registration

Price changes in 11 days 16 hours
    1. Closed
      Mar 17 – Mar 11
    2. $20.00

      Early Bird Pricing

      Now registering Mar 11 – Aug 1
    3. $30.00
      Aug 1 – Sep 13

Race Information

Marisa's Purpose: Run to Recover 5K Run/Walk is a family friendly event and open to all!

Please join us as we raise awareness and funds so we can continue to educate future generations and bring hope to end this extremely dangerous epidemic our nation is currently facing. 

Knowledge is a powerful tool against drug and alcohol abuse.  Please come out and help us educate!

Award categories:

One Overall Male/Female

Age groups:

14 & under










60 & over

Virtual Runners:

Can't make it to our race?  Run with us virtually!  Virtual runners must register by August 31, 2019.  You will be mailed your race packet that will include sponsors and race goodies:  Race Shirt and information on how to report your 5K time to the Marisa's Purpose 5K Race Committee.  Your race packet will arrive by race date.

5K Course


Sponsorship Information

The following sponsorship opportunities are available and needed!  Here is a list of the different levels available:


Event Schedule

  • September 14 7:00 AM CDT - Registration opens

  • September 14 8:30 AM CDT - 5K Starts

Contact Information

Event Location

Lodge Park, Monticello, IL, USA

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