Northern Kentucky race to battle heroin abuse one step at time

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. -- Several hundred walkers, runners and anti-drug advocates will come together Saturday for a race dedicated to combating the growing heroin problem in Northern Kentucky.

The NKY Hates Heroin  5K at Simon Kenton High School in Independence looks to bring awareness to the drug issue in the region, as well as raise money to help with prevention, education and recovery.

The organization behind the event, NKY Hates Heroin, was started by several Fort Thomas families after they were personally affected by the heroin use.

Co-founders Holly and Eric Specht lost their 30-year-old son Nicholas to heroin in August 2013.

"Although Nicholas had been in and out of rehab, staying off heroin was tough," the organization wrote in a press release. "The family vowed to work on prevention, education and rehabilitation in hopes that other families won't suffer the same way."

Monday is the final day for pre-registering for the event. It costs $25. Same-day registration is $30.

A T-shirt is included with registration while supplies last. 

Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners and walkers. A light breakfast and refreshments will be available after the race.

Those interested can sign up online at  or by printing out and mailing in the form found at .

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