Goals were crushed and friendships blossomed in Seattle, Washington on Thanksgiving weekend as Team Herren Project’s first-ever Seattle Marathon & Half team raised $13,595, and even more awareness for the power of recovery.

Raising awareness about substance use at Seattle marathon 2019

This year was the event’s 50th anniversary, so the field was large and the excitement high! Race weekend featured excellent running weather for the Pacific Northwest with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s.

Running to break the stigma around substance use disorder

Our experience was sweetened even further when teammates Kevin O’Toole, Robert Garnier and Sara Shingleton EACH won additional $1,000 donations for Herren Project from the race’s title sponsor, Amica Insurance.

Running in Seattle Marathon to raise awareness around substance use disorderRunning to bring awareness to the disease of addictionRobert Garnier running in the 2019 Seattle Marathon

We have special appreciation and gratitude for our Herren Project Ambassadors, Andy and Julie Rogers, who secured our position as an official charity of this excellent event.

Herren Project charity race event

“Running for Team HP is so much more than just the race. We make an impact that truly changes people’s lives. Seattle Marathon sees it, Amica Insurance sees it, Recovery Cafe sees it, & our friends and family across the country see it. We had teammates who did not run the race due to injury & circumstance, but they were all in with this team. This picture was at the finish and we all stayed and shared in the moment. Some of our team, family & friends were out in the cold for hours to fully embrace the experience. We didn’t want the moment to end, but our work is just getting started. Together We Recover & Overcome!” – Andy Rogers, Seattle, Washington

“I’m so honored to run and do good with these amazing Herren Project teammates today! We all crushed it! I’m a two-time marathoner now! WoooHooo!” – Sara Shingleton, Raleigh, North Carolina

“As Herren Project teammates we gather from around the country, not only to run but more importantly to celebrate recovery, give back, and to support others along their journey.” – Julie Rogers, Seattle, Washington

“My cup is full with gratitude. Community is something that always felt foreign…Thank-you Herren Project for being my community. I’m so proud to be in this family and help those in need fill their cups.” – Kevin O’Toole, Saugus, MA

Seattle Marathon cheering crew

We encourage you to join us for one of our upcoming 2020 Team Herren Project events!