GUILFORD - Hundreds gathered Sunday in Guilford for the 17th annual 'Race to End Domestic Abuse'.
This 5k walk and run kicked off with a variety of vendors, a cookout, a farmer's market and more to support the cause.
Local sports teams and residents of Piscataquis county turned out for the event, many having participated in year's prior.
However for some, the day affected them on a more personal level.
"One of our former players and friend passed away. Her mother, brother and herself all died at the hand of domestic violence. We're doing this race in memory of her and to spread awareness, because it's a very important cause," Hannah, a field hockey player at Dexter High School, says.
"Unfortunately because of the homicides in our community, I think people tend to come out when it's personally affected them. We know that domestic violence affects everyone in our community, and so it's very exciting to see the number of people come out and speak out against this issue," Angie Alfonso, a prevention awareness educator, says.
To help bring about the end to domestic abuse, visit Womancare, a sponsor of the event.
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