In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, the(CFPA) is hosting its 2nd annual 5K run/1 mile walk, I Run With Survivors, on Saturday, 4/13 at the Levee District at 8:00 AM. Online registration is . Enter code EARLYBIRD2019 at checkout to receive $10 off registration through 2/13/19.
The general admission fee is $30. The registration fee for participants ages 14-17 is $15 and registration is free for children younger than three years old. The course is stroller, wheelchair, and pet friendly. All participants will receive a race day t-shirt and teal shoelaces, the color of sexual assault awareness, and are encouraged to wear both at the event. The first 50 participants to sign up receive a CFPA hat and the first 100 participants to sign up receive a CFPA travel coffee mug.
Merchandise from CFPA, including hats, coffee mugs, pop sockets, pins, and more, are available for purchase on the registration website. This year, the registration website has an added feature that allows participants to raise money for CFPA through peer-to-peer fundraising.
“We are very excited to partner once again with the city of East Peoria to host our 5K in honor of survivors of sexual assault this April,” said Carol Merna, Executive Director of the Center for Prevention of Abuse. “An American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds, so we want all survivors – ones who have come forward to disclose and ones who keep their abuse private – to know that our community supports them, the Center for Prevention of Abuse supports them, and most importantly, we believe them.”
Race day activities include speakers, photo opportunities at the “We Run Because…” banner, music from Mix 106.9, and refreshments following the race. Follow the event on Facebook here.
CFPA services for sexual assault survivors, and all survivors of abuse, are free and confidential and the crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-559-SAFE (7233).