7th Annual '5K Run for Peace,' Benefitting Betty Griffin Center, Set for April 11


February 1, 2020 | View PDF

Runners and walkers alike are invited to participate in the 7th Annual 5K Run for Peace that begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 11 at the St. Augustine Pier, located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd.

The family-friendly event benefits the Betty Griffin Center – a nonprofit agency that provides free emergency shelter and other support services for residents experiencing domestic or sexual abuse in St. Johns County.

“Nearly 600 people took part in the event last year, and we’re hoping that even more runners and walkers will take part in the 5K this year,” said Betty Griffin Center CEO Joyce Mahr. “For the last six years, the run has been one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, offering residents a family-friendly and fun way to support our work to help survivors of domestic and sexual assault in our community.”

Runners can sign up for the event at http://www.runforpeace5k.org or through the events section at http://www.bettygriffincenter.org. Adult registration costs $25 through Feb. 29 – increasing to $30 after that date.

People can also participate as virtual runners, and those who can’t participate but would still like to donate to the Betty Griffin Center can do so through the website.

Sponsorships are still available by contacting Betty Griffin Center Director of Development Glenn Newton at [email protected] or by calling (904) 808-8544, extension 208.

About THE Betty Griffin Center

The Betty Griffin Center was founded in 1990 by concerned citizens and incorporated as the Safety Shelter of St. Johns County to develop plans to provide shelter for local victims of domestic violence and their children. In 1992, the nonprofit agency contracted with a local motel for space and started a 24-hour crisis line and court advocacy program. By 1994, the agency purchased and opened Betty Griffin House as permanent shelter. The shelter expanded in 1998 to meet local demand, and a sexual assault program was added the same year. Today, Betty Griffin Center shelters more than 400 victims of domestic and sexual abuse annually, operates a 24-hour help line, provides professional counseling for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, provides age-appropriate violence prevention training and operates two thrift stores at Julington Square and Anastasia Square to assist in funding the agency’s ongoing operations.


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