5 things to know — 5K against violence

GREENFIELD — Alternatives Inc. is playing host to its first “5K Against Violence” in April to benefit the organization, which supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Here are five things to know about the upcoming event:

Festivities begin downtown

The 5K run/walk takes place on the Pennsy Trail, beginning at its intersection with American Legion Place, but vendors and booths will congregate at the Hancock County Courthouse Plaza. The run begins at 9 a.m. April 8, but the booths and vendors will be available before the start.

Classwork comes to life

A team from this year’s Leadership Hancock County roster has taken on the project, which Alternatives Inc. director Rachel Dennis hopes will be an annual event. Five people — Dennis, Rachel Cremeans, Aaron O’Connor, Robert Harris and Summer Grinstead — have tackled organizing the awareness walk/run.

Organization serves county

Alternatives Inc., a nonprofit organization, works to rid central Indiana of domestic violence and sexual assault through education, prevention and intervention. The heart of the organization is a 12-suite shelter in Anderson, which holds about 40 people at a time for emergency housing and transitional housing for up to two years.

Programs offer assistance

Last year Alternatives served 64 Hancock County victims and influenced 1,400 residents through prevention programming. The Anderson-based shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault serves Madison, Henry, Hancock, Hamilton, Tipton and Marion counties.

Early-bird prices available

Until April 3, the cost of registration is $25. An additional $10 is added after that date; to register, visit 5kagainstviolence.eventbrite.com. Children 12 and younger get in free, while registration for youths ages 12 to 18 is $15. The price of registration is reduced for large groups. For more information or questions, contact Ashley Waterbury-Carpenter at awcarpenter@alternativesdv.org or 765-643-0218.

If you go

Alternatives Inc. 5K Against Violence

9 a.m. Saturday, April 8

Registration: at the Hancock County Courthouse Plaza just south of the courthouse, 9 E. Main St., Greenfield. The walk/run will be on the Pennsy Trail, beginning at its intersection with American Legion Place.

Booths and vendors will set up at the courthouse plaza as well.

Cost is $15 for youths ages 12 to 18 and $25 for adults; the price goes up $10 after April 3.

To register, visit 5kagainstviolence.eventbrite.com.

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or rhatcher@greenfieldreporter.com.