New Milford: Marine to run to aid opioid crisis cause

Sgt. Zachary Scoular's GoFundMe page.

Sgt. Zachary Scoular’s GoFundMe page.

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NEW MILFORD — Along with the help and coordination from friends at #BrianCodysLaw, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Zachary Scoular will be hosting a 5K Awareness Run and Recovery Festival this summer at the Town Green. He has also started a crowdfunding effort for the event and its cause.

Sgt. Scoular, who grew up in New Milford and is a member of the high school’s class of 2015, is a board member of Brian Cody’s Brothers & Sisters Foundation (

“Related to the war on drugs and assistance expansion for those seeking help with their addiction, the intent of Brian Cody’s Law is to take a fresh and more comprehensive approach to America’s battle with opioid dependencies,” the website says. The proposed law, which is detailed on the site, aims to reduce “the staggering death rates caused by opioids.”

From March 5-7, Sgt. Scoular announced in a message to The Spectrum that he will be running four miles every four hours for 48 hours (totaling 48 miles) “to commemorate and pay tribute to the memory of the far too many loved ones we’ve lost to this epidemic, while also raising funds to support the festival later this summer.”

To raise donations, he has set up a GoFundMe page (

“Per the CDC, over 81,230 deaths occurred from drug overdose in 2020. An all-time high,” his announcement said. “Drug addiction has devastated friends, families, and communities alike. We can bring change to this epidemic, we have to!”

All donations will go directly toward the festival, which is Aug. 29, “and to assist those seeking help with their recovery journey,” the announcement said.