The snow has finally melted, which means runners are lacing up for another season of races.
Today runners in Waterville ran in the One in Five, 5K.
The race’s name is based on the statistic that one in five people in the state have been affected by sexual assault.
The race benefits the Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center.
Participants say the message the race sends to the community is critical.
“We want people to be outraged about sexual violence and so this was our way to kind of what we continue to say which is, “Our community needs to be silent no more,””explains Donna Strickler, the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center.
“We can’t help people unless they feel comfortable speaking up and saying what happened to them. So advocacy, telling people that when they speak up, they will be supported, the police will be there to help them, and the prosecutions office will be there to prosecute the cases to the best of our ability,” says Meaghan Maloney, District Attorney of Kennebec and Somerset Counties.
This is the third year the race has been held.
The number of its participants has grown from 50 to 500.