We are driven to protect our youth from drugs.
Every person who is addicted was drug-free at one time. Studies have shown that the earlier someone begins experimenting, the more likely it is that they will become addicted, especially if their first use is under the age of 18. If a child never tries a drug, then they will never become a drug addict.
In order to make our cause a reality, we want to promote a culture in our youth where it pays to say “I CAN'T”.
We are providing a safety net for a teen to make the right choice under pressure, even if they haven’t yet developed the confidence to voice the word NO in a peer setting. So how do we prevent teens from experimenting or giving into peer pressure? By giving them a logical exit from a tough situation.
Our solution is our own Chapter of DRUG FREE CLUBS OF AMERICA. Some of our high school students have named our effort M.A.D.E. (My Attitude Determines Everything). We have worked hard to make our Chapters as successful as Drug Free Clubs of America’s firefighter founders believed it would be over a decade ago. Our teens have signed up for this program in droves, as we have enrolled 1,697 students in just our first year. This represents over 45% of all Ross County high school students and in many of our 8 schools we have over 50% enrollment.
Since 2005 Drug Free Clubs of America has been perfecting a framework that our kids will now have to justify their choice to stay drug-free. It gives a solid “out”. It also allows the school and community to give fun perks to our teen members to support and reinforce their choice to STAY DRUG FREE!
Ross County like other areas has seen an unacceptable increase in drug-related deaths. This trend has increased each year, resulting in 39 deaths last year in Ross County alone. Ask any parent, child or spouse, even one life is too many!
We are taking a stand, taking action, and taking our community back by protecting the potential in our youth, our future! It will take the efforts of hundreds of people to pull off a race of this magnitude, and we would be honored to have you on our team.
Your support can be through sponsorship, or volunteering your time and talent. Even better, create a team for our race. For those of you willing to take on this challenge be prepared. We want the runner who’s willing to push through their comfort zone and can see the beauty in the challenge that lies in the historic, rolling landscape of Ross County. We chose to put on a race that takes a team effort because as Vince Lombardi said “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”
We thank you in advance for seeing the value in our efforts and promise to bring you an event like you you’ve never experienced before! It’s going to be EPIC!
Registration is now open for our April 13th & 14th 2018 Race. We already have 19 teams back with us from last year!!!
Are you strong enough for The Buck Fifty?