Tri-Valley Haven's annual Pace for Peace 5K/10K run/walk returns to Livermore for its 24th year. The event, set for next Saturday (Oct. 2), will be in-person again this year after going virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Organizers describe the race as "the backbone of awareness and funding for Tri-Valley Haven's domestic violence services," with all proceeds going directly back to the organization.
"The proceeds that we get from events like this are just so important because when we get money from grants, that's amazing too but they're always very specific (with what they can be used for)," said Christine Dillman, Tri-Valley Haven's director of development.
"Having general money that we can spend wherever we need is rare and really helpful because sometimes we just need a prescription for a child or a specific pair of shoes for an 8-year-old and we can't just take stuff like that out of a grant necessarily," she added.
The theme for this year's Pace for Peace is "Stronger Together," which Dillman said is a nod to both navigating the pandemic and honoring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. "We're all thinking about safety in different ways," Dillman said .
Each year, participants receive T-shirts related to the theme created by a local student. The organization takes submissions and then selects a first-place design to be featured on the shirts. During the event, the second- and third-place finishers' designs will be on display for viewing as well as other works receiving honorable mention, according to Dillman.
"It's just so neat to see how the different students interpreted the theme," she said, adding that all of the artwork representing the theme was "very inspiring."
An awards ceremony will also take place at the event for the art contest as well as recognition of the first-, second- and third-place runners in the 5K and 10K and specific age group awards. Every runner, regardless of when they complete the race, will receive a finisher medal and a shirt.
KKIQ radio personality Mel McKay will emcee the event, there will be music and refreshments and "well-behaved" dogs are welcome to attend, according to event organizers.
Organizers said Pace for Peace will adhere to health officials' current guidelines and all staff and volunteers working the event will be vaccinated. "We want to make sure we're being careful while still having a really good time because I think community is so important and we've all been sort of really craving that," Dillman said.
On the morning of the event, Zumba and warmups will begin at 7:30 a.m. while the race is set to kick off at 8 a.m. The race starts and ends at Tri-Valley Haven's Community Building located at 3663 Pacific Ave. in Livermore.
For more information and online registration, visit trivalleyhaven.org.