Mark Your Calendars: January 16 & 17, 2016

About Running with TEAM VOLKEN

We’re training for more than a race, it’s a rockin’ run with bands every mile, thousands of cheering fans and a post race concert, all to benefit the John Volken Academy and Lift the Children.  By supporting Team Volken in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K & 5K you help:

1. The John Volken Academy rebuild lives from the ground up, by providing relevant life-skills training and job-skills development.

2. Lift the Children provide necessities, training and inspiration to 10,000 plus children in more than 80 orphanages in Africa.

About The Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon, ½ Marathon, 10K and 5K

Music makes up the heart and “sole” of this annual event. Live bands perform a variety of music from alternative, classic and punk rock to blues, jazz and soul every couple miles along the race course. This event sells out at 12,500 runners and walkers.


About the John Volken Academy

The John Volken Academy is a long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment center for young men and women aged 18-34 that goes far beyond other treatment centers. Our residents overcome their addictions, as well as further their education, receive extensive career training, and gain all the tools they need for a happy and successful life of sobriety. There are currently three academies in Vancouver, Canada, Phoenix, Arizona and Seattle, Washington. The program’s affordability is at the heart of its purpose. Other than a relatively small one-time admittance fee, the entire cost of the 2-year+ program is paid for by the John Volken Foundation. This includes the housing, food, job training, education, counseling, and more.

Our mission is to be a world leader in providing the most effective and most affordable addiction recovery program teaching relevant life and job skills and instilling in each of our students the desire to always be the best that they can be for themselves, for their families, and for their community. Visit for more information about the John Volken Academy.



About Lift The Children

Lift The Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to seeking out the world’s most destitute children and providing them with the necessities, training, and inspiration they need to develop, grow and become self-sufficient. We work in some of the poorest slums in the world to provide aide directly to orphanages caring for their children. 100% of all donations go directly to the orphanages as the John Volken Foundation covers all administrative expenses. Lift The Children is inclusive of all faiths, cultures and nationalities and is committed to feeding, educating and lifting children out of poverty. We are helping support over 10,000 children in more than 80 orphanages.

Lift the Children also implements long-term self-sustainability programs with the goal of educating the poor out of poverty by teaching generations how to increase food production. The backbone of this strategy is based on the agricultural science of permaculture, which mimics natural eco systems to produce more food using fewer resources. Learn more by visiting


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