Walter Bortman is a 39 yr. old resident of Long Beach California and is an apprentice with Local 300 of the Constuction Laborers Union. Walter has battled with addiction his entire adult life. On Thanksgiving 2013 he was sitting in a jail cell on drug charges. Totally enslaved to an addiction to methamphetamines, opiates and alcohol he couldn't find a way out. It was on that day Walter recalls that he decided he needed to change everything or he was going to die. After spending the next 80 days in LA County Jail he was transferred to a 90 day rehab program. He walked his first mile that day. From there the journey began.
"I watched the 2014 LA Marathon on TV at the rehab center. I said to myself - I am going to run a marathon". One year later Walter ran the 2015 LA Marathon as a charity runner for Runwell. In just over 18 months of being clean and sober he has run 18 Races including 3 full marathons, half marathons and Spartan Obstacle Races. He is attempting his first 50k in July, 2015.
"I can't begin to explain what physical fitness and running has done to help in my recovery. My hope is to show other addicts through my example. I want people to see that they can redefine what is possible in their lives". Walter is committed to a lifestyle that includes trail running, weekly runs with AREC ( A Running Experience Club) in Long Beach and work outs at Crossfit Recoil in Los Alamitos, CA.