Aimee Willard Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk Set for April 24

Posted: April 18, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The 7th annual Aimee Willard Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk is set for Sunday, April 24, on George Mason’s Fairfax Campus. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. at the George Mason Field House, and the race begins at 10 a.m.

The race will start at George Mason Stadium and run cross country through and around the fields on the campus, with the finish line back on the track. An awards ceremony and picnic for all participants will follow the conclusion of the race. The race will be held rain or shine, and will be moved indoors at the Field House if it rains. Registration ($25 per person, or $10 for children and George Mason and high school students) can be done in advance with forms available on the George Mason Athletics web site.

The Aimee Willard Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk is sponsored by the George Mason Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Patriot Club and 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 $100,000 has been raised for the scholarship fund over the past six years.

Willard was a two-sport athlete at 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. Although she was brutally killed near Philadelphia in June 1996, her legacy continues to live on. The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, which was passed by Congress in 2000, has popularly become known as “Aimee’s Law.”

The keynote speaker will be Anne Seymour, cofounder and senior advisor of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Justice Solutions. She specializes in criminal and juvenile justice, crime victims’ rights and services, and community safety.

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