The Herren Project is proud to be part of the inaugural Ice Breaker Run (http://icebreakerrun.org) as part of Mental Health Awareness Month in May. THP team member Pam Rickard, Director of THP Runs, will be one of six runners participating in this journey, running a marathon a day to bring awareness to mental health issues such as depression, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more.
MEET THE ICE BREAKERS
- Charlie Engle One of the world’s most accomplished ultra runners, Engle has raced around the globe, including 3 Eco-Challenges, and is widely-known for running across the entire Sahara Desert in 2007. He is a motivational speaker, columnist, and author of his memoir Running Man (release date September 2016).
- David Clark In his best-selling book Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery, Clark tells the inspirational story of his transformation from obese drug addict to sober vegan and world-class ultra runner. He is a two-time finisher the Badwater 135 in Death Valley. Clark is the owner of Snap Fitness in Louisville, CO.
- Catra Corbett One of the most prolific and animated ultra runners in the world, Corbett has completed more than 200 ultra marathons and is a John Muir Trail Record Holder. Her favorite running companion is TruMan, her miniature Dachshund. She is a recovering addict and is dedicated to a vegan lifestyle.
- Pam Rickard Recovering alcoholic and mother of 3, Rickard has run more than 40 marathons and ultra marathons during her 10 years of sobriety. Her story of recovery was feature in the book A Race Like No Other by New York Times write, Liz Robbins. Rickard serves as The Herren Project’s Director of THP RUNS.
- Sophie Kashurba A former collegiate cross-county runner at Gettysburg College, Kashurba continues to run marathons and ultra marathons. She gives credit to the power of running for helping her heal from a pattern of self harm. Kashurba is Program Director at the Charlotte, NC nonprofit, Running Works. At 23, she is the youngest member of the team.
- Chris Martin A highly successful serial entrepreneur, Martin has used running to help him recover from years of sometimes debilitating depression. He was an early supporter of the Break the Stigma Project. Martin has completed 50+ running events, from 5K to ultra-marathon distance.
- Bart Yasso (Team Icebreaker Coach) — Dubbed the “Mayor of Running,” Yasso is the Chief Running Officer for Runners World Magazine. He is the inventor of the “Yasso 800s,” a marathon training schedule used world-wide. In his book My Life on the Run, Yasso highlights his globe-trotting running and his struggles with mental illness and addiction.
Mental Health America is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. MHA’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated health, behavioral health and other services for those who need them, and recovery as the goal. For more information, visit: www.mentalhealthamerica.net
The Herren Project is a non-profit foundation established by former professional basketball player, Chris Herren, to assist individuals and families struggling with addiction. The programs and initiatives developed by The Herren Project are a direct response to the increasing number of people across the United States that are experimenting, using and suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol; or are at risk for such abuse. Chris’s powerful personal story was the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 film, Unguarded. Herren will join the team as a guest runner the last day of the run. For more information, visit: https://theherrenproject.org