Today is the last day to register for the fifth annual Dash At Dusk domestic violence awareness 5K to be guaranteed a t-shirt at the event.
The event will be held on Oct. 9 at Liberty Park in Powell and will start at 4:30 and run until 7 p.m.
The event is organized by the Delaware County Coalition of Victim Services and aims to raise awareness of domestic violence as well as raise funds for a domestic violence shelter in Delaware.
The Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office is one of the organizations in the coalition and Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien said this year’s event will be different than previous years.
O’Brien said the biggest difference is this year’s event will be held in memory of someone. O’Brien said Terri Rings was a Galena woman who was the victim of domestic violence who was murdered by her husband, David, on Sept. 2, 2015, at their home in Galena. After killing Terri, David turned the gun on himself and committed suicide according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.
“The family graciously agreed to let us use (her) story,” O’Brien said. O’Brien said on the outside Terri Rings’ marriage sounds “like a fairy tale” after Terri married her childhood friend David. “It was not so lovely after they got married.”
O’Brien said Terri’s story shows that domestic violence does not follow stereotypes.
“Domestic violence knows no boundaries,” O’Brien said. “When people think about domestic violence they think of the poor or uneducated. What we know is that very highly educated, influential people can be victims too.”
O’Brien said Nancy Brown, Terri’s sister, will be speaking at the event on behalf of her sister.
O’Brien said the only request from Terri’s family was that all the funds raised will go to the Turning Point domestic violence shelter being built in the City of Delaware. Turning Point is a nonprofit organization that also operates a domestic violence shelter in Marion.
The new shelter will be located at a property on 500 N. Liberty St. in Delaware. Officials hope to open the new building within a year.
O’Brien said the 5K is for anyone, whether they want to run, jog or walk through the race.
Sept. 30 is the last day to register and be guaranteed a t-shirt. Registration can be done at http://www.racepenguin.com/events/dashatdusk/
Registration is $25.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.