CODA to hold inaugural Race4Love 5K Run/Walk

Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA) will hold the inaugural Race4Love 5K Run/Walk on Cat Island on February 16, at 10 a.m.  The course will traverse Cat Island’s scenic neighborhoods and Sanctuary Golf Course, located at 8 Waveland Avenue, Beaufort.

Fees are $25 for the run and $20 for the walk and will increase to $30/$25 for race day registration. Group discounts are available by calling CODA. There will be three medals given in each age division, along with awards for the top two overall females and males.  Race times will be recorded using chip timing. In light of this event being family/kid friendly, all kids 10 and under will receive an award. Please visit www.codalowcountry.org/race for more information and to register online.

Proceeds from Race4Love will benefit CODA and local survivors of domestic violence.  With the increase of domestic violence homicides we’ve seen across the state — South Carolina currently ranks second in the nation for the number of women murdered by men — the focus for Race4Love is prevention and education.  Our message is that love is not abuse and help is available through CODA.  Local sponsors include Eugene A Rugala & Associates, LLC, and Sea Island Animal Hospital.

CODA has been providing an array of services to victims of intimate partner abuse and their children in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties for more than 25 years.  In 2012 alone, CODA provided emergency shelter to 75 women and 93 children and outreach services such as counseling, case management, legal assistance, and transitional housing to nearly 500 survivors and their children.  CODA relies on grants, donations and fundraisers to provide all of these critical services free of charge.

For more information on Race4Love, contact: codarace4love@gmail.com or call (843) 770-1074 ext.221. Please visit http://www.codalowcountry.org/  to learn more about domestic violence and CODA’s services.

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