The third annual Run to Remember, a 5K run as part of Remember Week and sponsored by The Cal Poly Women’s Center, will take place tonight at 7 p.m. to raise awareness about sexual assault and violence in the community.

“Run to Remember gives women and men one night a year where they can run at night and feel safe,” said Ruthie Osorio, an English senior and Run to Remember coordinator.

The run originated as a way to fundraise for Remember Week and all the money goes toward preparation for next year’s events.

“Run to Remember is important because it provides a safe environment for men and women to run in, it raises awareness about sexual assault and it’s fun,” said Aimee Williams, a communication senior and Women’s Center employee.

Last year, 230 runners participated in the event and this year the Women’s Center set a goal of 300 racers.

“It’s one of the top events for Greek Week and the weather is finally nice,” Osorio said of the goal.

The event will include prizes, music provided by KCPR and food. The $15 fee includes a T-shirt, water bottle and glow stick. Venues in San Luis Obispo donated gift certificates and prizes for the top three finishers.

The first-place finisher will receive a one night stay at La Cuesta Inn. Other prizes include certificates to Jamba Juice, the Rec Center and Linnaea’s Cafe.

Students can register for the race at The Women’s Center in the University Union or beginning at 6 p.m. prior to tonight’s race on the lawn in front of the Health Center.

There are over 30 student volunteers helping with the race including members of the Sigma Pi fraternity.

“We have a good diversity of people volunteering,” Osorio said.

The race begins from the Health Center lawn and runs throughout campus where it ends again by the Health Center.

Both men and women are invited to participate in the event.

“We need both men and women to unite and collaborate for the cause,” Osorio said.

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