The 5th Annual Run For Their Lives 5K is one of several 5K runs taking place this weekend in Central Virginia. Like most races, Run For Their Lives benefits an important cause.
The run will be held on Saturday at Lynchburg College's Shellenberger Field. The 1K Kids Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K run will follow at 9 a.m.
At most races, information about the organization or cause the race benefits is provided to runners at the beginning of the race or at the awards ceremony following the race.
Runners and members of the community can learn more about Freedom 4/24, the host organization for the race, at packet pickup from 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday at Lynchburg College's Shellenberger Field.
The anti-trafficking expo, which will be on display during packet pickup, will feature nine organizations working to bring freedom to women and children around the world.
Each organization will offer information about the work they are doing to bring freedom from sexual slavery and justice to women and children.
You can also learn more about how you can help by getting involved in the fight against sexual slavery. The topic of sexual slavery made headlines this year as three women were freed in Ohio after being held captive for a decade.
Last year's Run For Their Lives was held at Heritage High School with the anti-trafficking expo at Lynchburg College following the race.
Holding the anti-trafficking expo at packet pickup will expose many more participants to the reason why they are running and how they can help.
In addition to the anti-trafficking expo, there will be live music, food vendors and a bounce house and inflatable slide for the kids.
Freedom 4/24 was founded in 2009 after the founder witnessed an adolescent girl being purchased for $24 in Thailand. The cost to run in a Run For Their Lives was set at $24 for this reason.
The Lynchburg race is one of 10 Run For Their Lives runs held across the country to raise funds and awareness for women and children held in sexual slavery.
In addition to their work in Thailand, Freedom 4/24 started a new partnership this year with India-based Freedom Firm to rescue and help victims of child prostitution.
Freedom 4/24 also opened Christine's House in Uganda, partnering with Sports Outreach Institute to provide a safe home for victims of rape and sexual exploitation.
Freedom 4/24 is also working with U.S. groups to provide assistance to women and children in our country who are living in sexual slavery.
Take time before the race to learn more about the important mission of Freedom 4/24 and how you can help. Come to Lynchburg College on Friday night and join the fight against sexual slavery.