Runwell Awards 12 Grants To Addiction Treatment Centers In Its First Year

Foundation plans to expand efforts in 2013 with additional races; seeks to enlist more runners

Jan 03, 2013, 10:00 ET from Runwell

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After a successful first year in which it awarded grants to a dozen recipients in the U.S. and beyond, Runwell: The Linda Quirk Foundation is poised for an even bigger year in 2013. The foundation, a non-profit organization that funds addiction treatment centers and programs, awarded a total of $92,500 in grants in 2012. Runwell founder and internationally-known ultra runner Linda Quirk said she is excited by the foundation's first year success and is looking forward to expanding Runwell's impact in the coming year.

"We're thrilled we were able to support 12 treatment programs in our first year," said Quirk, who has completed marathons and ultra-running events around the world in support of addiction treatment efforts. "As a non-profit, we understand how a little bit of funding can go a long way. We look forward to seeing our grant dollars put to good use and will be following up with each recipient throughout the year."

Runwell's Grant Program
Runwell: The Linda Quirk Foundation's grant program supports accredited treatment centers and programs around the world with funding for existing scholarship programs, professional development and family education. The foundation's goal is to provide hope to individuals and their families as they work to overcome the devastating effects of drug and alcohol addictions, as well as to promote health and wellness and the promise of recovery.

How Runwell Works
Athletes who wish to represent Runwell do so by registering for a race on Runwell's website. Fundraising goals vary by event, and athletes typically seek sponsorship donations from friends and family as they train for their races. Runwell offers support including: personalized online donation pages, virtual coaching from former U.S. Olympic runner Keith Brantly, and nutritional advice and planning from U.S. Olympic Sports Dietician Bob Seebohar.

During 2012, Runwell partnered with more than a dozen organized running events, from local 5Ks to ultra-marathons (including the ING New York City Marathon and Racing the Planet's 4 Desert series). Quirk said 2013 will see an expansion of the number of events which Runwell will be affiliated, including the New York City Triathlon which marks the foundation's first multi-sport event.

For more information about Runwell: The Linda Quirk Foundation, its grant program including key application dates, its mission, or how to get involved, visit

About Runwell
Runwell is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to empowering those affected by addiction to obtain treatment and engaging entire families in the recovery process. The foundation focuses on funding existing scholarship programs and financially assisting support-based training programs that offer effective treatment, increasing accessibility to all.

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