Pee Dee Coalition holds annual 5K

FLORENCE – Whether measured in miles or kilometers or even in split-second moments that seem to change everything, milestones mark hard-earned progress and usually follow an unmistakable call to action. Breaking Free 2017 is just such a moment and the call to action is yours!

This fall, in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Pee Dee Coalition will host its 5th annual Breaking Free event to support the Coalition’s Emergency Safe Shelter, which serves the Coalition’s seven-county area and beyond.

For the Coalition, this year’s Breaking Free 5k/15Kk marks another special milestone. Thirty years ago, Pee Dee Coalition—a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the reduction of sexual assault, family violence, and child abuse and to serving the needs of victims—began operating what was, and still is, the region’s only 24-hour crisis line for victims and their families.

As any who’ve answered the crisis line can attest, a great deal of courage goes into a victim’s decision to “break free” from an abusive environment. The race starts at 9 a.m. (registration begins at 8:15 a.m.) Oct. 7 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1021 S. Ebenezer Road in Florence. As the only USA Track & Field-certified 15K in the region, this year’s event is expected to draw more than 150 competitors. An awards ceremony at the church will follow immediately after the race.

The 5th Annual Breaking Free race is being timed by Simply Timing. To register, visit the race site at To learn more, contact Barb Steadman at To volunteer, contact Jami Beams at

Author: mrollins

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