The district attorney general’s office will pound the pavement next month to remember and honor crime victims and organizers of the Justice in Motion 5K walk/run want others to join in.
The 5K is sponsored jointly by the district attorney general’s office and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, according to Leslie Minthorn, victim witness coordinator in Washington County.
“It’s to help raise awareness in the community about victims rights. That’s the whole purpose,” Minthorn said. “It’s for all of our victims, but especially victims of violent crimes.”
Minthorn has wanted to have this type of event for victims for a long time. She said Assistant District Attorney General Todd Hull played a large role in organizing the event.
For Victims Rights Week last year, Minthorn established a Victim’s Rights garden at the George Jaynes Justice Center in Jonesborough.
With the help of several inmates, Minthorn landscaped an area between the justice center and sheriff’s office using mostly material left over from the center’s construction as well as donated items.
She said the garden is for anyone who wants to go sit, relax or reflect.
Labor for that project, in addition to inmates’ work, also was donated. That project is ongoing, with seasonal plants being added in the spring and fall.
For the 5K, Minthorn said crime victims’ names will be displayed along the race/walk route.
“We want to display the victim’s name; of course we don’t name children or rape victims,” she said. “Normally the only names we put up in the public eye are people we’ve lost. It’s not to exclude living victims, but we don’t want to cause them to relive what happened to them,” she said.
The 5K will be held April 28 as National Crime Victims Rights Week wraps up.
On April 29, the Victims Rights Garden will be dedicated in a ceremony at 2 p.m.
Specific information about the run is available at https://sites.google.com/site/justiceinmotion5k/, including the registration form and a link to the route.
There are three levels of registration — $20 for the 5K, $15 for a Victim Run and $10 for a Victim Walk. Only the 5K is timed.
Online registration is open until midnight April 26. Registration will be accepted the day of the race, but T-shirts for the event are first come, first served.
The 5K will start at the justice center and from Cherokee Street travel down U.S. Highway 11E to Payne Road, turn right onto West College Street, right onto Miller Drive and back down to U.S. 11E toward the justice center.
Minthorn said any fees collected will be used to offset costs for the event and the rest will go to an organization in Nashville, You Have the Power, which provides pamphlets that explains the judicial process to victims.