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Hundreds 'Run for Recovery'
Abba House races draws more than expected
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First-place runner Diego Hoyas crosses the finish line Saturday during the Abba House Run for Recovery 10K. - photo by Alyssa LaRenzie

Hundreds of people ran under overcast skies Saturday during the annual Abba House Run for Recovery.

“It’s a great day for running,” said Jim Sharp, director of Abba House.

About 200 more people than expected turned out for the 5K and 10K runs to benefit the nonprofit, Sharp said.

Abba House is a long-term residential recovery program for women who are struggling with substance abuse or mental and emotional issues, offering healing and restoration for them and their families.

The 15-month program provides a safe place for the women to heal and begin to lead productive lives.

Some of the women in the ministry helped with the Saturday event, which started at the Forsyth County Big Creek Greenway and ended at Vickery Village.

Reversing the order of the races and putting the 10K first likely improved the turnout from last year, Sharp said.

Greg Hosier finished the 10K with his two children and wife cheering him on at the finish line.

It was the third year he has run the race, which he said he enjoys because there are activities for the kids to do while he’s running.

Hosier also likes to support the Abba House, “especially around Mother’s Day,” he said of this year’s timing for the race.

Seven-month-old Brooke Johnson traveled the course for the 5K in a stroller with her mother, Jamie.

“This is her third race,” Jamie Johnson said. “She loves 5Ks.”

Cory Tarver also completed the 10K with a companion, his Boston terrier, Josey.

“I was slowing her down,” Tarver said. “She could have won it all.”