If you spotted a woman jogging along the Route 40 then onto the highway on Saturday, you were probably bewildered at best.
Lorig Charkoudian has been “putting her soles where her soul is” for ten years to bring awareness to Run 4 Reentry. Each year, she runs 70 miles from the Hagerstown Correctional Institution to the Baltimore to raise funds in support of families who travel near and far to visit their incarcerated relatives as well as reentry mediation services. Many onlookers enjoy seeing her pass through Frederick and root her on with posters and cheers.
Run 4 Reentry is a unique initiative that aims to support individuals transitioning from incarceration back into society. This program combines the power of running with the goal of reentry, providing a platform for individuals to rebuild their lives and reintegrate into their communities.
The reality, of course, is that while there are celebratory moments as people are released, it is more of a journey than a destination and it is often a hard and sometimes painful journey. While I don’t consider my run to be as difficult as the challenges of getting out and staying out, the metaphors and symbols are strong ones. – Lorig Charkoudian
The concept behind Run 4 Reentry is simple yet powerful.
The program offers a structured training plan, mentorship, and a supportive community for participants. It recognizes that the journey of reentry can be overwhelming and isolating, and aims to provide a safe space where individuals can connect with others who have gone through similar experiences. The mentorship component is particularly valuable, as it pairs participants with volunteers who have successfully reintegrated into society after incarceration. These mentors provide guidance, support, and encouragement, helping participants navigate the various obstacles they may encounter.
Run 4 Reentry also collaborates with local organizations and businesses to create opportunities for participants. This includes job training, employment placement, and educational resources. By partnering with these entities, the program aims to address the barriers that individuals face when seeking employment or pursuing education after incarceration. By providing access to these resources, Run 4 Reentry empowers participants to build a stable and fulfilling life post-release.
The impact of Run 4 Reentry extends beyond the individual participants. By promoting successful reentry, the program contributes to safer communities. Research has shown that individuals who successfully reintegrate into society are less likely to reoffend, reducing the overall crime rate. Additionally, by breaking down the stigma associated with incarceration, Run 4 Reentry fosters a more inclusive and compassionate society.
In conclusion, Run 4 Reentry is a powerful initiative that combines the physical and mental benefits of running with the goal of successful reentry. By providing a supportive community, mentorship, and access to resources, the program empowers individuals to rebuild their lives and reintegrate into society. Through its efforts, Run 4 Reentry not only transforms the lives of participants but also contributes to safer and more inclusive communities.