Haven Society takes back the track for women’s safety

Women's run through Nanaimo park takes stand against sexual violence.

Haven Society will take back the track to promote women’s safety.

Women have the right to feel safe in their surroundings, and Haven’s Take Back the Track run/walk event Sept. 9 takes a stand against sexual violence and aims to ease the fear women have expressed to the society about going out for a walk or run in the Harbour City.

This year’s event is open to men as well as women wanting to put women’s safety at the forefront of people’s minds and lower the anxiety caused by reports of sexual attacks against women at Westwood Lake and other areas around Nanaimo.

The run happens  on the Westwood Lake Park starting at second beach. Participants can walk, jog or run around the six kilometre trail.

Registrants are encouraged to form teams and collect pledges to raise awareness and funds for Haven Society. All event proceeds will support Haven Society’s programs and services.

Registration, $20, is 9-9:45 a.m. or sign up online at Haven Society’s website events page by visiting www.havensociety.com. The first 50 women to sign up online get a free T-shirt.

Start time for walkers is 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. for runners.