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Fourth annual Love Run 5K to take place in late February

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Fourth annual Love Run 5K to take place in late February

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Late this month, DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston will host the fourth annual Love Run 5K in commemoration of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Boston created the 5K event in 2016 while serving as the county’s solicitor-general, putting domestic violence awareness at the forefront of her career, according to a press release from Boston’s office.

According to the release, one in three adolescents is a victim of a dating partner’s physical, sexual, emotional, and/or verbal abuse, yet only 33 percent of teens report that abuse.

“We must continue to shine a spotlight on this disturbing epidemic impacting our youth,” Boston said. “Educating our community about the cycle of intimate partner violence plays an integral role in prevention. We hope to raise awareness and save lives.”

The Love Run 5K is a family-friendly event for both walkers and runners. This year, the race will be electronically chip-timed as participants follow a fast-paced, AJC Peachtree Road Race-qualifying course, through historic downtown Decatur.

Taking place Saturday, Feb. 23, the race will kick-off at 8:30 a.m. from the Decatur Square, located at 101 E. Court Street in Decatur.

To register, visit www.DeKalbDA.org. On-site registration is also available at Big Peach Running Company in Decatur. Registration is currently $30 for adults and $25 for students under age 23. Rates increase beginning Feb. 12.

Proceeds will benefit the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence (WRC). To date, the Love Run 5K has generated nearly $15,000 for WRC, Boston’s office said.

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