Annual 5K run draws awareness to domestic violence


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Runners in the Run Domestic Violence Out of Brevard 5K line up for the start of the 2019 race. The event this year will be held Feb. 22. Register through Running Zone or runsignup.com.

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The Salvation Army of North/Central Brevard Domestic Violence Program, the oldest organization to provide domestic abuse help in Brevard County, offers shelter, advocates for victims and other support.

On Feb. 22, the organization will hold its 2020 Run Domestic Violence Out of Brevard 5K beginning at 8 a.m. at Viera Regional Park at 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way. This is new site for the race. 

“I started this fun run about four years ago and it is a fun run for the community and is supported,” said Madeline Marx, a member of the program’s advisory council, runner and run advisor. “I am part of various run organizations and participate in other fundraisers. I have helped and stand behind this fundraiser. This is my baby.

It’s “an opportunity for domestic violence awareness,” Marx added. “We get lots of families that come out and walk it. I like just promoting the event, getting people out and being aware.

“Teams can be of any size from five members upward,” said Cindy Mitchell, the director of the Domestic Violence Program. “We are a certified domestic center, sheltering to domestic violence and their children. We provide essentials, support and counseling. This year, we are going to work in teen dating awareness month. Part of what we do is prevention and educating young people on how to work relationships and hopefully put ourselves out of business one day. That is what we would like to have happen.”

“Education in the schools is getting kids to realize how they should be treated,” Marx said. “Boys and girls need to be treated with respect.”

Run participants are asked to sign up through Running Zone or runsignup.com. 

There are sponsorship opportunities for local businesses. The sponsorship deadline is Feb. 9. For information on sponsorship, call Cindy Mitchell at 321-631-2766, Ext. 22 or go to give.salvationarmyflorida.org/DVisBrevard