By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Saturday, June 23, at 9 a.m. the 3rd annual Stop the Violence Bands on the Run 5K will step off at the new Lake Hefner Trails in Oklahoma City. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The event will include popular bands playing along the course and Stop the Violence Dancers will be featured at the at the starting line.
Stop the Violence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to bring about a perpetual positive change among today’s youth. The goal is to bring awareness and resources through education to aid in the prevention and intervention of violence.
Race packets can be picked up on race day, beginning at 8:15 a.m.
The 5K Run/Walk/Stroller/Wheelchair early registration fee is $35 (before June 1). Registration from June 2 – 19 is $45. Race day registration will be $50.
The Child 5K Run/Walk/Stroller/Wheelchair early registration fee is $15, before June 1. Registration from June 2 – 21 is $20. Race day registration is $25.
Online registration closes on June 19 at 8 p.m.
“Stop the Violence is an Oklahoma City non-profit that has been changing the lives of metro youth for almost six years now,” said Kuinten Rucker, Stop the Violence founder and chair. “This 5K is one of our platforms and fundraisers that we have to help with the financial aid of the organization. We need more help from the community and businesses so that we can continue to serve this state.”
The race entry fee will include a white, Dry-Fit, short sleeve, race shirt for men, women, and youth, featuring the STV Band logo. Extra shirts may be purchased for $20 on race day which will be shipped directly to the purchaser after the race if supplies run out.
“We realize that this is just one avenue toward a solution to the plight of our youth,” said Rucker. “We believe in long-term plans, cooperating businesses, charitable organizations, community churches, state and local governing bodies working together with one goal in mind, which is our youth. We want to alter their paths of violence and show them the positive. We care.”
The STV’s fundraising efforts have made contributions to Wilson Elementary; Douglass, Millwood and Star Spencer High Schools; Miss Black Oklahoma USA; Langston University; and the Urban League Back to School Bash, to name a few.
Race proceeds will go to benefit all of the Stop the Violence programs.
“We have put together some key programs including Stop the Violence Youth Leadership Dance Camps which aim to teach leadership and team skills as well as topics on how to prevent violence,” said Rucker. “The youth are taught different types of dance including Modern, Jazz, Hip-hop, Step, Technical and Gospel Dance.
“Other STV programs include public awareness and public education; back-to-school supply giveaway events and career building workshops.”
STV violence prevention program is not only for at-risk youth but for all youth ranging from ages 4-18. They also host programs adults.
“Violence is happening everywhere and not just in one neighborhood,” Rucker said. “Since the inception of Stop the Violence, the organization continues to grow at an alarming rate. We are running out of resources very quickly due to the amount of youth we are working with.”
A post-race mini-festival will be held at Lake Hefner’s Stars & Stripes Park. 5K runners will receive ice cold water and listen to a live band and dj as they cross the finish line.
To register for the 2018 Band on the Run 5K, donate, or learn more, visit stoptheviolenceok.com or call 405-823-1171.