Help Stop Domestic Abuse During AVDA’S 18th Annual Race For Hope

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Staff report

Get out your running shoes for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse’s 18th annual Race for Hope.

The race will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Oct. 15 at Florida Atlantic University.

The race, which includes a USATF certified 5K and 10K, is expected to draw over 1,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers.

“AVDA provides people in domestic violence situations a safe place to go,” said Scott Miller, Race for Hope Sponsor.

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.

AVDA’s Race for Hope is challenging local businesses, schools, and organizations to form teams. Race participants can set up fundraising pages for themselves or for a team, and those who raise the most money are presented with awards. AVDA is also accepting “No Sweat” donations from individuals who wish to donate or fundraise from the comfort of their homes.

Festivities will include music and prizes. Harvest Seasonal Wine and Grill, will be providing attendees with a healthy, delicious breakfast to enjoy before, during and after the race.

Alex Price, Director, Government Affairs & Community Investment – Florida Region of Comcast will serve as the official Master of Ceremonies for the event.

“Hometown Hero” awards—will once again be given to the fastest male and female police officer and fastest male and female firefighter in the 5k run.

All police officers and firefighters on active duty in Palm Beach County are eligible to compete to be a “Hometown Hero.” Registration fees are waived for police officers and firefighters on active duty in Palm Beach County registered as a Hometown Hero.

AVDA will also be giving out “Purple Party Awards” to attendees who bring their spirit by wearing purple shoes, socks, tutus, shorts, t-shirts, etc.

Online registration is underway. To sign up, visit www.runsignup.com and enter AVDA’s Race for Hope to register. Race Day registration begins at 6:30 a.m., immediately followed by the 5K and 10K at 7:30 a.m. and Kid’s Dash at 8:30 a.m.

Registration prices range from $10-$30 per person and increase to $10-$35 on Race Day. Race for Hope T-Shirts will be given to the first 500 registrants only. For more information visit www.avdaonline.org or call 561-265-3797.