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Most often Lanark County Interval House writes about the horror women experience as a result of violence and their need to flee/run from violence. This reality hasn’t ended but in an effort to extend our hand and help these women and their children reach their goals, LCIH is happy to have hosted their first eRace Violence walk/run/cycle event at the Middleville & District Museum in the Lanark Highlands this past Sunday September 13th!
63 pre-registered runners, bikers and walkers, joined by some 13 intense souls who came out to register the morning of, braved the elements and took to the roads with smiles (or perhaps grimaces) but still all in support of the work of Lanark County Interval House!
Despite the rain, the wonderful team at the Middleville Museum along with the dedicated community volunteers made this event a true success, helping LCIH to raise almost $3000 in funds! These funds will stay right here in Lanark County to help local Women and Children flee violence. The success of this first race event highlights this community's commitment to the issues facing many women and their children in Lanark County - thank you.
The event also included bake goods provided by the museum staff, Coutts Coffee, prizes from many local business, race tech-shirts, mini massages for runners by Back on Track Physiotherapy, Yoga provided by Medicine Bird Studio, Fruit from Freshco and Water from Lanark Pure Water! The generosity from our community for this event was unbelievable! Participants included mom’s with their kids, competitive runners & Cyclists and six brave duathlon participants (who ran 5.5km then cycled 16.3km followed by a 9.3km run before calling it a day!) This event honoured the strength and determination that women have to keep themselves and their children safe in an effort to cross their finish line to a life free of threat and violence.
We are grateful to the all who participated and supported this event! We intend to make eRACE Violence an annual event and look forward to increasing participation from across the county in the years to come. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit LCIH.org