Fund-raiser 5K race to benefit crime victims

Event set for Nov. 7 follows B&A Trail

October 07, 2004

A 5-kilometer race to raise money to provide immediate help to crime victims in Anne Arundel County will take place Nov. 7, starting in Severna Park.

This will be the seventh year of the Victims' Fund Run, sponsored by the community organization Take Back Our Streets and the county state's attorney's office.

Some 300 participants are expected. Registration opens at 7 a.m. on race day, and the race starts at 8:15 a.m. at the Park Plaza Shopping Center parking lot on Ritchie Highway near Robinson Road. Runners follow the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail. There is also a 2-mile walk.

The entry fee is $15 before Nov. 2 and $18 on race day. It includes a T-shirt.

There will be prizes in several age groups, as well as drawings for more than 50 prizes. The grand prize is a trip to New York City and Radio City Music Hall. A post-race party features food and music from area businesses.

Over six years, the fund, which now has $2,200, has helped more than 40 crime victims who had no other means to pay for emergency services and repairs, said Shelda George, a victim advocate for the state's attorney's office and race director. The fund has covered such expenses as crime scene cleanup, replacement of slashed tires and door locks, unpaid funeral expenses and care for a victim of sexual abuse.

Information: 410-222-1740, ext. 3829, or sageor24@aacounty.org.

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