Race hopes to make strides against domestic abuse
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.