Runners and walkers can sign up now for DeKalb District Attorney Sherry Boston’s fourth annual Love Run 5K on Feb. 23.
The event, held during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, raises money and awareness about domestic and dating violence.
Boston says that nationally, one in three adolescents is a victim of a dating partner’s physical, sexual, emotional, and/or verbal abuse but that only 33 percent of teens report the abuse.
“We must continue to shine a spotlight on this disturbing epidemic impacting our youth,” said Boston, who created the Love Run 5K in 2016 while she was DeKalb County Solicitor-General.
She said that educating our community about the cycle of intimate partner violence plays an integral role in prevention.
“We hope to raise awareness and save lives,” she said.
This year, the family-friendly Love Run 5K which follows a fast-paced AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifying course through historic downtown Decatur, will be electronically chip-timed.
It kicks off at 8:30 a.m. from the Decatur Square at 101 E. Court St.
Registration is $35. For a special CrossRoadsNews discount, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/Register?raceId=68371&coupon=CROSSROADS10
On-site registration is also available at Big Peach Running Company-Decatur.
Proceeds benefit the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence (WRC). Since its inception, the Love Run 5K has generated nearly $15,000 for WRC.
For more information, visit www.DeKalbDA.org.
To learn more about Teen Dating Violence, visit: www.loveisrespect.org.