Run for Courage coming up
Registration is open for the 5th annual Run For Courage Race to End Human Trafficking. The race will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Folsom.
Registrants can participate in 5K and 10K races. Other race options include a 9.8 mile race and a kids’ fun run. Festivities kick-off at 7:15 a.m. with special speakers, events for the entire family and retail vendors at the awareness fair following the race. Participants can register for the race at runforcourage.org.
“Funds raised from this event support a variety of education, awareness and restoration efforts and programs involved in the fight against human trafficking. This year we are offering a 9.8 mile race option, inspired by the realization that human trafficking is a $9.8 billion dollar industry in the U.S.,” said Ashlie Bryant, executive director of Run For Courage. “With the support of dedicated participants and sponsors, we will continue to make great strides and fund critical programs to combat this horrific crime.”
This year marks the fifth race Run For Courage will host in Folsom and the second race in Oakland. The Oakland race is scheduled for Nov. 8. Last year, more than 3,800 participants raced to raise awareness and funds to combat human trafficking. To date, Run For Courage has raised more than $550,000 to fund education, prevention and restoration programs that further the organization’s mission to combat human trafficking.
Run For Courage began more than four years ago and became a stand-alone nonprofit organization in 2011. Co-founder Vicki Zito personally dealt with the reality of this heinous crime. Six years ago, her 17-year-old daughter was taken from a suburban shopping center, sold for sex on Craigslist and trafficked for eight days before being rescued by the FBI.
Run For Courage’s mission of combatting human trafficking is accomplished by managing the races; human trafficking education in high schools, colleges and universities; and evaluating and funding a number of awareness, prevention and restoration programs consistent with Run For Courage’s mission. Since 2010, Run For Courage has donated to 12 organizations that offer unique and effective approaches to fighting human trafficking including restorative services to survivors and preventative services for vulnerable and at-risk youth. More than 90 percent of proceeds raised by Run For Courage go directly toward human trafficking education, prevention and restoration programs. To learn more about Run For Courage’s beneficiary program visit runforcourage.org.