Virtual meets virtue with the 2020 Kaiser Permanente Women’s Fitness Festival 5K, 10K and Princess Run this coming Sunday, Aug. 30. All donations—100% of them—will go to Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE).
How will it work? In this case, it’s honor system meets honorable. By 7:30 a.m. Sunday you pre-register for the length of run you want to do, and it’s up to you to accomplish that run wherever strikes your fancy. And you can feel good about supporting WEAVE, which since the event began in 2007 has received more than $77,000 to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking.
Entry fees for the 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer runs are $30 per person, while the Princess Run costs $15. Participants will receive a “your premium technical shirt, a gorgeous custom medal and a commemorative bib.”
The fitness festival’s website stresses how in this twisted year of COVID-19, WEAVE’s importance is as great as it has ever been.
“Now, more than ever, they need our support,” festival organizers implore. “During the time of the state-mandated shelter-in-place order, domestic violence has increased by at least 17 percent. Your donations will go to help support women in need in our community.”
WEAVE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking on an individual basis to tailor a plan to recovery that best addresses their situation. The festival’s website elaborates:
“Participant donations and event proceeds support WEAVE’s array of services including 24/7 Support Line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, safety planning and crisis intervention, therapeutic counseling, mobile advocacy, legal assistance, and school and community based prevention education.”
Aside from Kaiser Permanente, sponsors include Blue Diamond Almonds, Fleet Feet and Hoka One One.