Annual District Attorney's Justice Run Oct. 20
VISALIA — Tulare County District Attorney Phil Cline will host the 2nd Annual Justice Run: 5k race/1 mile walk at Mooney Grove Park on Saturday, Oct. 20 as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Family Services of Tulare County and the Central California Family Crisis Center, the two primary organizations that provide shelter and other services to victims of domestic violence and their children. The 2011 Justice Run welcomed over 350 participants and raised more than $8,000. This year even greater success is anticipated.
Proceeds fund housing and supportive services for victims and their families. These services include emergency assistance (transportation, food, etc.), case management, counseling and long-term housing support.
There will be donation bins at the Justice Run for collection of unopened toiletry items (hotel-sized shampoo, lotion and soap) which are frequently needed as
they are provided to those seeking shelter.
“Domestic violence shatters lives and is more prevalent than most people realize,” Cline noted. “Batterers come from all walks of life and the violence hurts everyone in the family. We all need to be informed and diligent if we are going to make a difference, and that is what this event is about.”
Those who work for a Tulare County law enforcement agency or fire department are invited to participate in the Justice Run as a competition between agencies. The first team member who crosses the finish line will receive a plaque for his or her agency to commemorate the event.
Partner agencies will have informational booth displays at the park and the District Attorney’s Office will provide information on its Victim/Witness Assistance Program.
Participants can register now through race-day. Registration costs $25 per person for those who register before Oct. 15, and includes an event “tech” shirt and goody bag. Registration is $30 after Oct. 15. Late registrants may not receive a shirt.
There are a few ways to register: Download the registration form from the DA’s website: www.da-tulareco.org/justicerun.htm; register online using a credit card (a small processing fee will be applied to online registrations); register at Sole 2 Sole Sports at 4241 S. Mooney Boulevard, Visalia; or register at the Victim/Witness Assistance Program of the District Attorney’s Office, 221 S. Mooney Boulevard, Visalia.
Completed forms and checks payable to Family Services of Tulare County — Justice Run should be mailed to DA Victim/Witness Program Justice Run, 221 S. Mooney Blvd. Rm. 264, Visalia, CA 93291. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jennifer Lightfoot, Victim Witness program director, 636-5471.