More than 1200 people have already registered for Wentzville’s 2nd Annual Walk to Stop Heroin, set for Saturday, April 29.
At last year’s walk, 450 participants showed up on an unusually cold, blustery Saturday in May–remarkable numbers for a first-time event–with the goal of connecting the community with the available resources in hopes that people will not try heroin, not even once.
This year’s event is offering something new–a free pancake breakfast for walk participants at Holt High School, the starting point for this year’s walk. Doors open at 8 a.m. and breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. until supplies run out.
The breakfast program will be emceed by Gee Vigna, an O’Fallon woman who founded the nonprofit organization Walking for Wellness: Stop Heroin, which raises awareness and supports recovering addicts and their loved ones.
The walk, which begins at 10 a.m., will be making a two-mile loop this year, beginning and ending at Holt High School (subject to change). The planned route will progress from Holt to the newly-opened Schroeder Creek Boulevard, south to West Pearce, west to Wentzville Parkway, north to William Dierberg Drive, east to Schroeder Creek and back to Holt.
Free t-shirts are available to the first 1500 participants who register at this link. There is also an option to not request a t-shirt if you have one from a previous walk. Participants are asked to register either way, so that numbers can be recorded. Registration closes on April 7.
Participants are encouraged to bring signs, posters, and pictures to carry. Groups or organizations that offer services to recovering heroin users or their families are especially encouraged to attend. Dogs on leashes, with the proper documentation of vaccinations, may accompany the walkers.
See photos and video from last year’s event: Walk to STOP Heroin Unites a Community