Lace up your sneakers this October and go the extra mile, literally, to help domestic violence victims and celebrate their survival.
SafeNest, Southern Nevada’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to serving individuals and families impacted by domestic violence, will hold its inaugural Run for Hope 5k & Survivor Celebration on Oct. 12 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the 5k and 1-mile walk starting at 9 a.m. Individual walkers and teams are welcome to participate. Registration fees start at $40 for the 5k and $15 for the 1-mile fun run/walk. Fees includes a commemorative tee shirt, swag bag and entrance into the Survivors Celebration for food, entertainment and awards ceremony. Corporate sponsorships of all levels are available. For more information on registration and sponsorship packages, please visit https://safenest.org/runforhope/.
The family-friendly event is part of SafeNest’s “Paint the Town Purple” campaign during October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Nevada currently ranks third nationally in domestic violence homicide rates.
Domestic violence survivors will wear purple; friends and family will wear white at the event. Money raised will support SafeNest’s “Invest in the Nest” sustainability initiative, which funds program services such as group and individual counseling, 24/7 crisis hotline, Southern Nevada’s only confidential shelter and court advocacy support services.
“Our Run for Hope 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will give our community the opportunity to honor, commemorate and celebrate survivors, victims and families impacted by domestic violence,” said SafeNest CEO Liz Ortenburger. “Whether you choose to run or walk, join SafeNest as we race to end an epidemic that impacts 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men in Nevada.”
SafeNest is Nevada’s largest and most comprehensive non-profit agency devoted ending domestic violence in Clark County. Since opening its doors in 1977, SafeNest has answered over 500,000 crisis calls and sheltered over 20,000 victims. SafeNest services include a 24-hour confidential shelter and hotline, counseling, court assistance and prevention education. For more information, please go to www.safenest.org.