2nd Annual Red Run 5K to Raise Funds to End Child Sex Trafficking in McHenry County and Beyond

 

Red Run

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kristen Guerrieri, 847-354-3864, kristen@theredrun.org

 

2ND ANNUAL RED RUN 5K RUN/WALK TO RAISE FUNDS

TO END CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING IN MCHENRY COUNTY AND BEYOND

 

ALGONQUIN—Local moms Cortina Nystad and Kristen Guerrieri know people might look twice as they race through downtown Algonquin in scarlet dresses and worn running shoes. In fact, they hope you will notice their unorthodox running gear: they’re running to save the lives of little girls at risk of sex trafficking.

Nystad and Guerrieri first donned their crimson best and took to the street to get the message out after learning about two little girls from southeast Asia—each clad in a red dress—who were sold into the sex trade. The young mothers’ weekly runs down Route 62 eventually led to the development of The Red Run 5K Run/Walk, which last year hosted more than 500 area residents. Registration is now open for the second Red Run 5K Run/Walk, which will be held Aug. 10 at Presidential Park in Algonquin.

“Human trafficking is happening in the suburbs. It is our job as a community to get educated and know what signs to look for,” Guerrieri said. “Be a nosy neighbor. If you see something odd, report it.”

This year’s USATF-certified race will benefit the Dreamcatcher Foundation, a survivor-founded, survivor-led and focused organization in Chicago. Brenda Myers-Powell, Co-Founder, will be the featured speaker at the event. Additional beneficiaries include the Salvation Army PROMISE (Anne’s House), a local residential program that provides aftercare for victims and Love146, an organization that provides prevention and aftercare solutions internationally. Prizes will be awarded for the top male and female finishers and for the top three finishers in each age category.

“Last year was a phenomenal event,” participant Jeff Close said. “The Red Run kept the focus on the cause. That’s what drew me and that’s why I’ll keep coming back.”

This year’s event will feature:

  • Raffle prizes (including Chicago Cubs rooftop tickets, Six Flags, and Chicago Improv)
  • Vendors that support victims and survivors of human trafficking, including Freedom Firm and WAR Chest Boutique, a Naperville business supporting Women At Risk
  • Books for sale, including Wheaton resident Shayne Moore’s Refuse to Do Nothing and Nita Belles’ In Our Backyard
  • Inflatable bounce house
  • Complimentary Starbucks fair trade coffee
  • Exclusive post-race breakfast at Port Edward Restaurant ($15 per person), with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the Red Run

This event is sponsored in part by McHenry-based Glory Maintenance Services, a returning platinum supporter of the event. “We believe we can change the world in big ways and by doing so we can make our neighborhoods a better place to live,” said owner Don Jordan. “We care so deeply we want to join the efforts in Running Out Trafficking!”

To register, visit theredrun.org. Pre-registration is $30 for runners and $25 for walkers. Registration fees increase by $10 on race day. For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kristen Guerrieri at kristen@theredrun.org. Concerned citizens can call (888) 373-7888 or text “INFO” or “HELP” to befree (233733).

 

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Contact info for Press Release

 

The Dreamcatcher Foundation 

Brenda Myers-Powell

Brenda.dreamcatcher@gmail.com

773- 981-8850

 

Salvation Army PROMISE

Melanie Scofield

Melanie_Scofield@usc.salvationarmy.org

773-205-3254

 

Love146

David Henry

david@love146.org

203-772-4420

 

Glory Maintenance

Don Jordan

glorymaintenance@sbcglobal.net

815-578-1281

 

Starbucks

Carrie Eppler

S02626@retail.starbucks.com

847-458-6740

 

Port Edward

Karen Brim

karen@portedward.com

847-658-5441

 

Dick Pond Athletics- Carpentersville

Karie Stringer

karie@dickpondcarpentersville.com

847-783-0701

 

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