Boulder man runs on treadmill for 24 hours to help fight opioid addiction

Nearly $3,000 was raised for the cause

BOULDER, Colo. -- A retired army officer from Boulder raised thousands of dollars to benefit a national nonprofit that helps people who are struggling with drug addiction.  

Joshua Stevens ran on a treadmill for 24 hours at the Boulder Running Company on Sunday to raise awareness to an issue he said is close to his heart.

"I thought I might be able to do something to contribute a little... to fighting the opioid epidemic we have," he told Denver7.

Stevens said he was once addicted, but now he wants to help others. His supporters stood by his side as he ran and people stopped by to donate. 

The money raised will go towards The Herren Project. The nonprofit helps families and people who are fighting drug or alcohol addiction.

By the end of the run, Stevens raised close to $3,000.

"It feels pretty amazing," Stevens said. "I'm overwhelmed, it's hard to put in into words right now."

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