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Racing for victim awareness UTRGV Brownsville campus hosts second 5K Color Run

The UT Rio Grande Valley Office of Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention will host its second 5K Color Run of the month at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The Color Run aims to raise awareness about domestic violence. At the same time, participants will get a closer look at the university’s Brownsville campus. The community is welcome to join as participants or volunteers.

The Color Run will start outside the Casa Bella student housing complex, located on FJRM Avenue between East Jackson and Tyler streets. Runners, joggers and walkers will pass volunteers who will gently toss various colors of paint at them.

“The run is about campus safety. We’re trying to raise awareness about sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking,” said Cynthia Jones, director of the Office of Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention. The office is located on the Edinburg campus, where the first 5K Color Run took place Sept. 8. Jones said she is hopeful the department will have an office in Brownsville soon.

Students and community members may register for the Color Run at 7:30 p.m. the day of the race. Volunteers will hand out souvenirs such as glow sticks and T-shirts while supplies last.

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