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Justice in Motion 5K raises awareness of crime victims

staff report • Apr 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM

The District Attorney’s Office of the First Judicial District and the Washington County Sheriff's Office in association with Safe Passage domestic abuse shelter in Johnson City will hold the Justice in Motion 5K run/walk on April 27 for National Crime Victims Rights Week.

The event is designed to raise awareness of victims rights and to focus on victims from Carter, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington Counties.

The 5K is open to all runners and walkers. An event T-shirt is included (logo at top) in the registration for those participating in the 5K.Victims and families of victims have the option of competing in the 5K or walking the first half. Those participants may chose to wear an event T-shirt or wear one of their own that displays a crime victim.

The 5K features a measured, accurate course and professional timing services by We Run Events. The course will start and finish at the George Jaynes Justice Center in Jonesborough. Every intersection along the route will be supervised by course volunteers to ensure safety and enjoyment.

Strollers are permitted. Dogs are not allowed. The race will be held rain or shine.

Justice In Motion 5K is a Road Runners Club of America sanction event.

Several aspects of this event will focus on remembering victims of homicide, raise awareness of victims rights, or promote victim services for all victims of crimes.

Local domestic abuse shelters, sexual assault centers, victims groups and local law enforcement agencies that serve our community will be invited to attend the race event and are encouraged to set up tents/booths with literature and personnel for any questions or service that may be needed.

Race registration packets will include literature of services offered for victims, information of missing persons in the area, synopsis of individual victims focused on during this event and contact numbers.

The course will be lined with white signs each displaying the name of a victim of homicide in the First District.

Top male overall and top female overall trophies will be given and will be named in honor of a victim of a violent crime as selected by the event committee.

Proceeds raised from the event will go to Safe Passage, a domestic violence shelter in Johnson City and part of the First Tennessee Human Resource Agency, a non-profit organization.

To register for the event, visit sites.google.com/site/justiceinmotion5k

The day will begin with late registration and late packet pickup from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m., April 27, with pre-race ceremonies at 8:15 a.m. The race begins at 8:30 a.m., with awards given at 10:15 a.m.

Medals will be given to the top three 5K participants in the following age categories: 12 and Under, 13-16, 17-20, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65 and over.

Trophies will be given for top male and top female overall, and for the top three teams — law enforcement division and community division.

Registration before April 20 for the 5K course timed run with performance T-shirt is $20. Registration for the Victim Run (5K or two-mile course, not timed, T-shirt) is $15. Registration for the Victim Walk (two-mile course not timed, no T-shirt) is $10.

Registration for each race goes up $5 after April 20.

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