Race hopes to make strides against do­mes­tic abuse

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More than 1,000 run­ners, walk­ers and spec­ta­tors are ex­pected to hit the pave­ment for the 14th an­nual “Race for Hope.”

The event, hosted by Aid to Vic­tims of Do­mes­tic Abuse Inc. (AVDA), will take place Oct. 12 at An­chor Park in Del­ray Beach.

“It is a fun fam­ily morn­ing,” said AVDA Pres­i­dent and CEO Pam O’Brien. “We try to make it as ex­cit­ing and up­beat as pos­si­ble with chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties and lots of smiles. Ev­ery­one has such a good time, and it’s a beau­ti­ful, flat, cer­ti­fied course to run along A1A.”

Regis­tra­tion takes place at 6:30 a.m. The 5K and 10K races will be­gin at 7:30 a.m., and the Kid’s Dash will start at 8:30 a.m. Prices range from $10 to $25 per per­son.

To add to the ex­cite­ment of the day, teams or in­di­vid­u­als who raise the most funds are awarded prizes. A spe­cial award - the Home­town Hero Award will again be given to the fastest male and fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer and fastest male and fe­male fire­fighter in the 5K run. All Palm Beach County po­lice of­fi­cers and fire­fight­ers on ac­tive duty are el­i­gi­ble to reg­is­ter as a “Home­town Hero.” Dis­counts are avail­able with cur­rent ID.

Af­ter the races, there will be mu­sic, prizes and break­fast spon­sored by The Orig­i­nal Pan­cake House.

This year’s spon­sors in­clude: Vegso Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, Polin Pub­lic Re­la­tions, Ai­ramid Health Ser­vices/Kane Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, Av­enue Pi­lates, Del­ray Downtowner, Grau and As­so­ciates, Lexis Nexis, The Orig­i­nal Pan­cake House, The Ahrendts Fam­ily, Shutts and Bowen, SOI, TD Bank, City of Del­ray Beach, Daugh­ters of Pene­lope, Del­ray Beach Elks Lodge, Emer­gen-C, Law Of­fice of El­iz­a­beth Parker, Miller Phys­i­cal Ther­apy, Robert Half/Of­fice Team, Spo­dak Den­tal Group and Pan­era Bread.

AVDA pro­motes vi­o­lence-free re­la­tion­ships and so­cial change by of­fer­ing al­ter­na­tive choices to end vi­o­lence and do­mes­tic abuse.

Pro­ceeds from the “Race for Hope” ben­e­fit AVDA’s 24-hour hot­line, emer­gency shel­ter and Casa Vegso Tran­si­tional hous­ing fa­cil­ity as well as the out­reach, ed­u­ca­tional and preven­tion pro­grams of­fered by AVDA through­out Palm Beach County.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the or­ga­ni­za­tion or the event, visit www.av­daon­line.org or call 561-265-3797, ext 109.

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