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FRAMINGHAM – Voices Against Violence (VAV), the domestic violence agency and rape crisis center serving 14 communities in the greater Framingham and Marlborough areas of Metro West, will host an in-person and virtual edition of its 10 th annual Purple Passion 5K Walk/Run fundraiser.

Kick-off ceremonies will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, featuring a message from 2021 Honorary Chairwoman Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka and other speakers.

“Since the very first Purple Passion 5K ten years ago, I have been proud to partner with Voices Against Violence to support this event,” said Senate President Spilka. “Each year, our community and communities across the state come together to walk, and run, in support of an important cause: letting survivors of domestic violence know their voices matter, and that we stand with them.”

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To register for the 5K run and the 3K casual walk and for all event details, please visit:

“We are so happy to once again be offering an in-person event. The energy of that
morning is always extraordinary,” said VAV Director Patricia Hohl. “This past 16 months
has been a reminder of how connected we all are. Now is the time to begin to heal and
keep those bonds strong.”

Event participants can fundraise through their own Purple Passion fundraising page
upon registration. Participants can also create teams to expand their impact and enjoy
friendly fundraising competition.

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Following tradition, the 2021 Purple Passion fundraiser will feature an in-person timed
5K race and casual run, as well as a 3K walk. Runners and walkers can also participate
from anywhere – from a treadmill at home, to a local track, to a favorite bike path or
trail. There is a $35 registration fee. Children under 10 can also participate for free and
the first 200 registrants will receive a free Purple Passion tee shirt.

Medals will be awarded to the top male and female in-person timed runners as well as to the top male and female in-person runners in 14 age categories.

Voices Against Violence, a program of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)
serves over 5,600 people each year through their direct services for victims and
prevention programs.

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