It was almost like a summer day the last Saturday of September — perfect weather for the first Race for Recovery.

Hosted by WeCARE (Waldo Encourages Community Assisted Recovery Efforts) and the Restorative Justice Project, the day consisted of a 5K in memory of victims of untreated substance abuse. The walk/run was followed by lively music in the streets in front of the Belfast Police Department by the band Random Ideas.

Officer Roy “Rick” Smith ran in his boots and full uniform. Others wore sandals and summer clothes. Participants were an eclectic mix of marathon runners and out-for-a-stroll-ers.

The event was hosted as one of many events in the nation marking September as Recovery Month. WeCARE, a newly formed group, hosted the race as the second event of the month, following an earlier showing of the film, "Anonymous People," at The Colonial theaters.

“We are here because we want to show people that recovery is possible and we truly care about those who are struggling with addiction,” said Pat Kaplan of WeCARE. “We want people to know there is hope.”

WeCARE thanks community supporters BCOPE, the Belfast Co-op, Inner Sense Graphics, Hannaford, community members and Random Ideas.

WeCARE helps build a collaborative, non-judgmental, environment to support addiction recovery through education, advocacy, and compassionate community action. For more information, contact Pat Kaplan at or 342-2187.