Fifth Annual PAVE 5K Fun Run/Walk Set for April 27

Posted: March 14, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The fifth annual Patriot Anti-Violence Education (PAVE) 5-kilometer Fun Run/Walk has been set for Sunday, April 27.

Registration for the event–$25 per person, or $10 for George Mason and high school students–begins at 9 a.m. at the Patriot Center, with the race beginning at 10 a.m. Registration can also be done in advance with forms available on the Athletics web site.

The race consists of two laps around Patriot Circle on the Fairfax Campus, with the finish line back at the Patriot Center. An awards ceremony and picnic for all participants will follow the conclusion of the race.

The PAVE 5K Fun Run/Walk is sponsored by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Office of Sexual Assault Services, and it raises money for nonviolence education while helping to bring the community together in support of victims’ rights. Funds raised go to the Aimee Willard Endowment Scholarship Fund, which honors the memory of a former Patriot student-athlete. More than $75,000 has been raised for the Aimee Willard Scholarship Fund over the past four years.

Willard was a two-sport athlete at George Mason, playing soccer and lacrosse. She was a member of Mason’s 1993 women’s soccer team that was the NCAA Division I runner-up, and she was an All-Colonial Athletic Association and regional All-American selection in women’s lacrosse in 1996. In June 1996, while home during summer break, the 22-year-old Willard was abducted, raped, and murdered in Philadelphia. Arthur Bomar Jr. was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death.

Among those who have attended the event in the past and who are expected to attend this year include Aimee’s mother Gail Willard, U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and U.S. Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA). Santorum was one of several sponsors for the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, which was passed by the U.S. Congress in 2000 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on Oct. 28, 2000. It has popularly become known as “Aimee’s Law.”

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