PAVE 5K Fun Run/Walk Raises Funds for Scholarship

Posted: May 7, 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 was a big success, raising more than $12,000 for the Aimee Willard Endowment Scholarship Fund.

The event attracted 250 runners from the George Mason Intercollegiate Athletics Department and the neighboring community. The race consisted of two laps around Patriot Circle, with the finish line at the Patriot Center. More than 100 of the participants were nonstudent-athletes, the largest turnout in the five-year history of the event.

The PAVE 5K Fun Run/Walk is sponsored by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and 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 $95,000 has been raised for the Aimee Willard Scholarship Fund over the five years of the event.

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-America 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, Penn. Arthur Bomar Jr. was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death.

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