The 5th Annual EmpoweRun 5K raised almost $68,000 for A Safe Place. The 5K had over 400 participants running, jogging, and walking the trails of Independence Grove in Libertyville. The EmpoweRun is the oldest and largest walk/run for domestic violence in Lake County.
Congratulations to first place runner Flynn Castellanos (19:20), second place Vincent Domier (19:28), and third place Mike Carlson (20:10) as well as the top three female runners, Lindsey Parker (24:18), Ady Figueroa (24:19), and Nancy Gonzalez (24:43).
Attending the race were Illinois Congressman Brad Schneider, Illinois State Representative Carol Sente, Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush, and Zion Township Supervisor Cheri Neal.
Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim proclaimed Saturday, May 6 A Safe Place Day. “Domestic Violence continues to be a significant issue that affects our entire community,” said Nerheim. “Far too many people live in the shadows, fearful of coming forward. We want those people to know that there is a network of support out there for them.”
The EmpoweRun 5K brings together men, women, children, businesses, and partners to support the organization’s lifesaving services to victims and their children, assistance in transforming lives after domestic violence, preventing future abuse by addressing its root cause through abuser intervention programs, and education in the community about ending domestic violence. asafeplaceforhelp.org