Recovering addicts take on Boise Trails Challenge

Posted at 5:07 PM, Jun 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-23 19:44:04-04

BOISE, Idaho — Rise, recover and live is the motto of the Pheonix in Boise, a sober fitness community centered around maintaining recovery from substance use disorders.

Starting this weekend, Pheonix members are starting a month long attempt to clock 158 miles on Boise's hiking trails as part of the Boise Trails Challenge.

Competitors have until July 21 to complete as many of Boise's trails as they can by running, biking, or hiking. Scott Jones, a chapter manager with the Pheonix, says it's important for people in recovery to set healthy goals for themselves that they focus on meeting.

"Last night we did a 24 hour launch and there were folks who completed portions that looked back at it and they were like, 'Wow I just did 15 miles in the foothills I never thought I could do that,'" Jones said. "So that helps build up some self-confidence."

It's only been two days, but two men have already completed the challenge.

Jones says the Pheonix is looking to accept donations, if you'd like to donate, you can do so here.