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Register now for annual Bri's RACE to end domestic violence, September 22

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On a Saturday in May 2015, Brianna “Bri” Hefner was murdered by her husband who then took his own life.

Bri was a kind, loving woman dedicated to her young daughter, the valedictorian of her class at Morgan Township High School, and an employee of the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.

Bri also loved to run and completed the Chicago Marathon in 2011.

The fourth annual Bri’s RACE (Raising Awareness Changes Everything) will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Gabis Arboretum at PNW (formerly known as Taltree Arboretum), to raise funds in support of domestic violence prevention services in Porter County, including at The Caring Place.

Register for the 5K/one-mile walk at or

The race registration fee of $25 will include a unisex race shirt. Shirts will only be guaranteed to participants who register through Sunday, Sept. 22. Knit beanies and visors will also be available for purchase for a separate fee when you sign up for the race.

Early packet pick-up will be at the Extra Mile Fitness Company in Valparaiso on Friday, Sept. 27.

On-site race day registration and check-in will begin at 7 a.m.

For those who aren’t able to participate on September 28, but wish to support Bri’s RACE, donations can be made online at

“With the loss of our friend and co-worker, we knew that we had to honor Bri in an enduring and meaningful way,” said Porter County Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper.

More than one in three women (35.6 percent) and more than one in four men (28.5 percent) in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. About one in four women (24.3 percent) and one in seven men (13.8 percent) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.

“Sadly, it is more likely than not that you have a family member or friend who has been a victim of domestic violence, if not being a victim yourself,” Harper added. “What better way to remember Bri than combining her passion for running with helping to raise awareness of domestic violence.”


Posted 8/15/2019




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