Victims of child abuse supported through Fun Run

Runners gathered for the annual Iron County Children's Justice Center Run for the Kids 5k and quarter marathon, Cedar City, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Children's Justice Center

ST. GEORGE — The Iron County Children’s Justice Center is hosting their 12th annual Fun Run for Kids 5K, 6.55-mile quarter marathon. quarter marathon on May 16 at 8 a.m. at 545 South 225 East, Cedar City.

Hunter Jones, 13 years old, finished second overall in the 5k, Cedar City, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Children’s Justice Center
Hunter Jones, 13 years old, finished second overall in the 5k, Cedar City, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Children’s Justice Center

The justice center supports child victims of abuse, helping provide a intergovernmental response, facilitate the investigation of the alleged offense against the abused child, conduct interviews in a manner to minimize trauma to the child, coordinate and track efforts and seek protection of the child from further abuse.

“Last year alone in Iron County we served 237 child victims of sexual and physical abuse along with 288 secondary victims of abuse,” said Stephanie Furnival, executive director of Iron County Children’s Justice Center

The justice center is opening satellite centers  in Iron County and Kane County so more victims and families can receive services in their community.

The Justice Center has seen the benefit these fundraising events have made and following the race, an open house will be held of the newly added medical room that was made possible by the 2014 fundraising event, “Dancing with your Community Stars”.

Eric Lewis displaying his trophy after winning the quarter marathon, Cedar City, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Children's Justice Center
Eric Lewis displaying his trophy after winning the quarter marathon, Cedar City, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Children’s Justice Center

The race on May 16 will feature team and individual events, with the choice of walking or running.

“We have around 180 runners who come out and support us,” Furnival said. “We would greatly appreciate your support.”

Registration is available online and costs $25. Each participant will receive a performance shirt and runners bag, along with the opportunity to win some amazing gift baskets.

Event details

  • What: Fun Run for Kids 5K, quarter marathon
  • When: May 16, 8 a.m.
  • Where: Iron County Children’s Justice Center, 545 South 225 East, Cedar City
  • Registration is available online, $25 for individual entry, $20 for team entry

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