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Running for safety

Approximately 60 people participated in the walk/run Saturday, up from 14 last year. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.1 / 6
Volunteer Marcy Miller handed out water to participants at the finish line. Tanya Richter/Someplace Safe.2 / 6
Tanja Richter, crime victim advocate at the Wadena branch of Someplace Safe, organized the event. Courtesy photo.3 / 6
Ashley Weyer took registrations, sold t-shirts and handed out information on Somplace Safe Saturday. Tanya Richter/Someplace Safe.4 / 6
Ross Stueve took first place with a time of 25.48 Saturday. Tanja Richter/Someplace Safe.5 / 6
Mayor George Deiss took a break to give water to his dog during the 5K Walk/Run. Tanja Richter/Someplace Safe.6 / 6

Approximately 60 people participated in the Someplace Safe 5K Saturday.

The event, in it's third year, was held in Sunnybrook Park. A variety of people, young and old, runners and walkers, babies in strollers and furry friends, took advantage of the sunny day to support Someplace Safe.

Ross Stueve took first place in the men's division with a winning time of 25.48. Jen Bryniairski was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 27.54.

Tanya Richter, crime victim advocate at Someplace Safe Wadena, coordinated the event and says approximately 60 people participated in the Walk/Run this year, up from 14 last year.

There were items for sale at the event, as well as information on Someplace Safe. Proceeds from the 5K stay in Wadena County to provide services to victims of all types of crime.

Someplace Safe is a nonprofit agency offering a myriad of services to victims and survivors of crime, families, and communities in a nine-county region in West Central Minnesota. Over 4,000 unduplicated local victims of crime are provided services each year through ten advocacy offices, five Parenting Time Centers, and two thrift stores located in Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, Wadena, and Wilkin Counties.

Someplace Safe works to assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, labor trafficking and other crimes (including; stalking, elder abuse, identity theft, robbery, theft, etc.), as they navigate the social, emotional and economic impacts they face as victims on the path to becoming survivors.