AVON — The Avon High School Girls Cross Country team continued an event designed to bring awareness to a prominent social issue with the Race Against Domestic Violence 5K Run & Walk.
The race, held this past weekend, was originally started by the Avon chapter of National Honor Society as a fundraiser for Sheltering Wings, a domestic violence shelter and resource center in Danville.
“I’m not sure why they stopped doing the event but the cross country team wanted to pick it up so it could continue on,” said Brad Rosebrock, head coach for the team. “This is the second year we’ve been involved with the race.”
The event took place Saturday morning at Avon Town Hall Park.
“The boys do a similar event that benefits the Avon Education Foundation,” Rosebrock said. “This event today will raise funds for the team and Sheltering Wings. Last year, we were able to give the shelter $500 and have $500 for the team.”
Rosebrock added the event was worth all the effort.
“Our first year teacher and coach Jordan Skomp really took over this year,” he said. “She was instrumental in getting this event organized. She took this over and did a good job.”
Skomp is a first-year chemistry teacher at AHS.
“Planning has gone well and I’ve really enjoyed doing it,” she said. “I’ve already thought of some things I would like to add next year, like a fun run for kids, so this could be an event for the entire family.”
She said the girls on the team were very good to help get the word out and advertise the race.
“They are now out on the course making sure people stay on the right path,” Skomp said.
Juniors Lauren Heeger and Kelsie Mothersead said they’ve enjoyed working on the event both years the team has been involved.
“Today, we are helping with timing the runners,” Heeger said. “We will be at the finish line.”
Mothersead said it was nice to see the community come out to support the cause.
“It’s fun seeing friends and family come out,” she said.
Lifelong runner and former tri-athlete Anya Alfano came out to participle in the 5K run. She was visiting her parents, who live in Avon, and decided it was a good day for a run.
“Sheltering Wings is a great organization,” Alfano said. “I remember growing up here and domestic violence being so foreign that we didn’t even know we needed a shelter like that. It’s so important to have a resource like that.”