DELRAY BEACH — Nonproft Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) provides shelter for hundreds of domestic violence victims each year, and one day per year, more than a thousand locals head to a Delray Beach race to help make that happen.
The 17th annual Race for Hope is planned for Saturday, Oct. 8 to benefit AVDA, a Palm Beach County nonprofit that offers emergency shelter, outreach programs, education material and more to victims of domestic violence. Each year, the event, which includes 5k and 10k races, draws a larger crowd than the previous year, according to event coordinators.
More than 1,000 showed up in 2015.
While registration begins at 6:30 a.m., the races will start at 7:30 a.m. at oceanfront Anchor Park, along Ocean Boulevard south of Atlantic Avenue.
Groups who register to run are encouraged to raise money.
Along with the races, the event will include live music, prizes and a pancake breakfast courtesy of The Original Pancake House.
“This race is not only an important fundraiser, but is also an opportunity to let those who need help know where to turn for help,” said Jean Magrella, co-chair of the Race for Hope.
Each year, Race for Hope also awards the fastest male and female police officers or firefighters from Palm Beach County with the “Hometown Hero” award.
To register for the race or find more information, visit the Race for Hope’s website here.
What: The 17th annual Race for Hope
When: Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:30-9 a.m.
Where: Anchor Park
How much: Registration ranges between $10-$35
More info: www.avdaonline.org