2023/12/22 09:00:00

24 Hours to Support Recovery

Join us for our 6th Annual Oakwood24 Run/Walk benefiting Healing Transitions at the Historic Oakwood Cemetery! This year’s 24-hour run will begin at 9:00am on Friday, December 22 and end at 9:00am on Saturday, December 23.

To date, Oakwood24 has raised over $500,000 for Healing Transitions to support recovery!

Ways to Support

There are multiple ways you can pledge your support. Whether it’s a one-time donation or an event sponsorship, every dollar raised will directly impact the homeless, uninsured, and underserved individuals in Wake County who are struggling with addiction.

Sign Up to Run

Oakwood24 is an official timed ultra run!
We have 6-hour, 12-hour, and 24-hour timed challenges this year.

About the Founder

Jon Frey is an ultra-runner, fitness leader, and person in recovery himself. In August 2016, he joined Healing Transitions’ recovery program struggling with alcoholism and substance use. While he was at HT, Jon worked hard on himself and his recovery, getting involved with fitness group F3. He completed the program one year later and has been in sustained recovery for five+ years. Jon now dedicates his life to fitness, helping others get involved with recovery outside of HT, and giving back through service. 

Running has played an important role in Jon’s life. Even before his recovery, he found solace and healing through running, helping him through some of his darker moments. Once he began the recovery program at HT, he started using long-distance running as a tool for his recovery and has since continued to run 100 mile races regularly. This will be his 6th Oakwood24 event.

The Alec “Warchild” Memorial Hour

On Friday morning, December 22, from 10-11am, we will be honoring the memory of dear friend and family member, Alec “Warchild” Romulus. Alec first stepped through the doors of Healing Transitions in December 2016 following more than eight years of active addiction and numerous stents in various rehabs, inpatient facilities, and recovery homes all over the country, each resulting in relapse. It was through the grace, compassion, and integrity of Healing Transitions, and the brotherhood of F3, that Alec found the strength and willpower to fight every moment of every day in the name of recovery.

On April 19, 2018, Alec was humbly honored with Silver Chip #790 for completing the Healing Transitions long-term recovery program, and he was given the BEST three years of his life as a result. Alec was always his happiest when surrounded by his mother (Becky), sisters (Kylie, Taylor, & Leah), brothers (Eric, Charles, & Graham), nieces (Laney & Evie), and nephews (Cooper & Miles). There wasn’t anything Alec loved more than his friends and family, but the ocean and The Grateful Dead were close behind. Alec was one of a kind who loved fiercely, worked hard, and had a smile that could light up any room. He lived his life to the fullest and was always up for an adventure. Everywhere he went, Alec had a positive impact on someone’s life.

Tragically, we lost Alec at the age of 28 on June 16, 2019. It is now our job to carry on his memory and share his story in the hopes that we raise awareness and help to end the negative stigma around addiction. Alec is so deeply missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him and whose lives he touched. We are proud to honor Alec’s memory (and the memory of all others whose lives have been cut tragically short) as part of our race day events and for Jon Frey to carry on his legacy!

Thank You 2023 Sponsors!

Maggie Kane


Brad Turlington

The Cannon Family

Will & Bridget Cobb

Andrew and Leslie McKay Charitable Fund

Carman & Becky Liuzzo

Corey Winton

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2019 Oakwood24 Documentary