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Running Helped Those Struggling With Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Now They're Giving Back

Running Helped Those Struggling With Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Now They're Giving Back

Rufino Medina Jr. has been sober for eight years.

On Saturday, he ran his first marathon.

“Running was like a lifeline to me,” said Medina, of Farmington. “It really helped me out. I turned 48 [this week]. I never imagined I’d be running a full marathon. It’s just something I’m checking off my bucket list.”

Medina finished the Eversource Hartford Marathon in 4:43:24. He and others were running to support Mental Health Connecticut, a Hartford Marathon charity and a service, education and advocacy non-profit based in West Hartford.

In 2010, Medina tried a boot camp run by a friend. He was a substance abuser, depressed and overweight when he decided to run a 5K. It...

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