Community Gearing Up For Steppin’ Up To End Violence 5K Walk/Run
Raises Crucial Funds To Help Victims of Domestic Violence
It’s less than a week away now. What is “it”? The Turning Points Network’s Steppin’ Up to End Violence event, on Saturday, May 6th. This 5K Walk and Fun Run, that begins and ends at the Claremont Middle School, raises money for TPN to provide free and confidential services and resources for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking and is likely the most well attended and supported fundraising event in Claremont each year; it is the signature fundraising event for TPN. Last year, on its 10th anniversary, the event raised a remarkable $100,000 for survivors and programs.
One cannot overstate just how important the work is that TPN carries out each and every day to help those trying to escape a life of violence and fear. And with proposed cuts in the federal budget that would decrease funding for programs that help victims of domestic violence, every dollar raised is more important than ever. And so is awareness about this escalating problem. One in four women is estimated to become a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime; around three women a day are murdered by someone they dated or married, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Men are not immune from being victims of domestic abuse and violence. During the course of a year, more than 10 million women and men are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.
Organizers invite those interested in participating to join the walk/run by themselves or create a team; it’s an event the whole family can enjoy. Dogs are welcome as long as they are crowd friendly, on a leash and up to date on their shots. There is no registration fee and no minimum amount to fundraise. Some participate simply because they enjoy the physical side of the event; others, the camaraderie. Others walk because, in their words, “they have to run”, run from the violence and threats that have overtaken the lives of victims. TPN's shelter plays an important role in helping survivors begin a new life.
Along with the 5K route, there is an alternative one mile loop for those who cannot walk as far but want to participate. Organizers ask that participants refrain from using bikes and scooters at the event, and if able, to bring their own reusable water bottle. Roads are not closed for the walk or fun run. Sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m., and there is a pre-event rally at 9:45 a.m. The walk and fun run begin at 10:00 a.m.