2020/12/19 09:00:00

24 Hours to Support Recovery

For the third consecutive year, Jon Frey will be running for 24 straight hours at the Historic Oakwood Cemetery to raise money for Healing Transitions! Last year, the community came together to raise $104,000 to support those who are in need!

Jon will begin his run at 9:00am on Saturday, December 19th, and will run until 9:00am on Sunday, December 20th. Come out to celebrate recovery and support Jon on his incredible run!

How can you support the Oakwood24 run?

There are multiple ways that you can join in and support the Oakwood24!

Sponsorships are available. If you would like to be an event sponsor for the Oakwood24 run, contact Lauren Williams at lwilliams@healing-transitions.org

About Jon Frey

Jonathan Frey is an ultra-runner, fitness leader, and person in recovery. In August of 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 three years. Jon now dedicates his life to fitness, helping others get involved with recovery outside of HT, and giving back through service. He continues to lead workouts for F3 every week.


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 Healing Transitions, he started using long-distance running as a tool for his recovery, and has since completed five 100-mile ultra marathons, and 9 other marathons under 100 miles.

About Healing Transitions

Healing Transitions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free, life-saving recovery services to more than 300 homeless, uninsured and underserved individuals in Wake County every day. Their innovative, peer-run program is always open to those who need assistance, and they never turn anyone anyway. For more information, visit our website!

Alec “Warchild” Romulus Memorial Hour

As part of Oakwood24 this year, from 10-11am on Saturday the 19th, we are honoring the memory of a dear friend and family member, Alec “Warchild” Romulus. Alec first stepped through the doors of Healing Transitions in December 2016 following more than 8 years of active addiction with 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 provided Alec with the strength and will-power fight every moment of every day in the name of recovery.

On April 19, 2018, Alec was humbly honored his Silver Chip #790 for completing the Healing Transitions recovery program and was given the BEST 3 years of his life!  Alec was always his happiest when surrounded by his mother (Becky), 3 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. There wasn’t a place Alec went where he didn’t have a positive impact on someone’s life.

We tragically lost Alec on June 16, 2019 at the age of 28 following a relapse and not being given the opportunity to return to his HT/F3 family and peers to allow him to learn from his struggles and share his story to help others.  It is now our job to carry on his memory and share his story to end the stigma of addiction and raise awareness for those who don’t have a voice.  He is so deeply missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him and whose lives were touched by him. We are proud to honor Alec’s memory as part of today’s events and for Jon Frey to carry on his legacy!

#myoakwood24 Challenge

Even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, we still want you to be a part of this year’s Oakwood24 in a way that you can feel safe and comfortable. So if you can’t make it out in person on the 19th, we are challenging you to participate in the Oakwood24 – from home!

Maybe you want to run for 24K or bike for 24 miles. Maybe you want to do 24 pushups in honor of someone in recovery or meditate for 24 minutes to promote mental health. Walk, run, do yoga, read, anything that promotes mental and physical fitness totally works!

Whatever you do, be sure to share it on social media and tag #myoakwood24 to show your support in this year’s event!

The more people sharing their virtual participation in the Oakwood24, the better!

We look forward to seeing you, virtually, this year!


COVID-19 Precautions

This year’s Oakwood24 event will be slightly different than previous events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of runners, attendees, and other cemetery guests is the highest priority of this event. We ask that anyone who is uncomfortable or high-risk – please donate or participate remotely. Please read the following guidelines below if you plan to attend the event in-person this year:

  • All attendees will be required to sign an affirmation that they have not been exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, been exposed in the last 14 days to someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 21 days.
  • Social distancing of 6-feet and masks will be required at all times during the event.
  • No sharing equipment, food, water coolers, etc. of any kind. Runners must bring their own supplies and keep them contained in their own separate area.
  • Groups of runners can be no larger than three people running side-by-side at a time. The next group must be at least 30′ behind that group.
  • Runners must wear a mask each time they enter the aid station area (no exceptions).
  • Hand sanitizer will be on-site and encouraged to be used frequently.

In the event that an attendee or runner refuses or fails to follow these guidelines, they will be asked to leave the cemetery property immediately.

We will continue to evaluate our options for a responsible, socially distanced run that follows all North Carolina COVID-19 guidelines.

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Maggie Kane


Brad Turlington

Corey Winton

The Cannon Family

Carman & Becky Liuzzo

Cranberry Nursery

Lisa Garrity

Dickinson, Lewis

& Associates

Dogwood Properties

Neighbor Moving

2019 Oakwood24 Documentary