OVER 300 REGISTER FOR 5th ANNUAL NICOLE’S RUN/ WALK! | Events
Annual 5k in Honor of Nicole Oliver Raises Awareness about Domestic Violence.
On Saturday, July 14, 2012, over 300 registered runners and walkers participated in the 5th Annual Nicole’s Run/ Walk to benefit Caring Unlimited, York County’s Domestic Violence Resource Center. Presented in part by 2012 Event Sponsor Kennebunk Savings Bank, the 5th Annual Nicole’s Run raised $20,000 to support Caring Unlimited’s programs and services.
The inaugural 1K Kid’s Fun Run took off at 8:30am with around 30 kids, followed by the 5k at 9am. Mainers Robert Gomez, of Saco and Jocelyn Acheson, of Waterboro took overall first place in 15:40 and 20:43, respectively.
In July of 2007, Nicole Oliver, a 24-year old mother of two from Wells, was killed by her abusive husband. She had recently left him, and was working to build a safe life for herself and her young sons. Nicole’s friends and family organized the first Nicole’s Run/ Walk in honor of Nicole’s life, and in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence, as well as much needed funds to support Caring Unlimited.
Each year, Caring Unlimited serves approximately 3,000 individuals whose lives are affected by domestic abuse through support and safety planning services including: 24-hour confidential hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, support and education groups, legal advocacy, school-based education and advocacy and community education. Money raised by Nicole’s Run goes to support Caring Unlimited’s programs and allows the organization to continue to offer critical, life-saving safety planning services to victims of domestic violence.