Participants may register individually or as part of a group. The relay event coordinators will put groups together to form six charity teams. Participants will be walking/running in honor of victims from the following tragedies.
Team Remembering Columbine High School represented by Rachel's Challenge
- Columbine High School Massacre: On April 20th, 1999, two senior students at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado went on a shooting spree that killed twelve students and one teacher and injured twenty-four additional students.
Team Remembering Virginia Tech represented by Virginia Tech's Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
- Virginia Tech Massacre: On April 16, 2007, a shooting took place on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Seung-Hui Cho, a 23-year old senior at the school, shot and killed 31 students and faculty members and injured 17 others before finally turning the gun on himself. The Virginia Tech Massacre holds the unfortunate status of being the deadliest shooting attack by a single perpetrator in the history of the United States.
3. Team Remembering Boston represented by The One Fund
- Boston Marathon
Bombing: At 2:49 p.m. on April 15th, 2013, two homemade pressure cooker bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts. The two explosives were located about a block apart from each other near the finish line on Boylston Street, and were detonated roughly 13 seconds apart. Krystle Campbell, a 29-year old restaurant manager, Lu Lingzi, a 23-year old graduate student, and Marin Richard, an eight-year old boy, were killed in the blast. An estimated 264 other runners and spectators were injured.
4. Team Remembering Oklahoma represented by Called2Change
- Oklahoma City Bombing: At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City was bombed in a domestic terrorist attack. The bombing claimed the lives of 168 individuals and injured nearly 700 more. Among those killed were over 100 federal employees, a rescue worker, three pregnant women, nineteen children, and several innocent bystanders within the vicinity of the building.
5. Walking against Domestic Violence represented by A Better Way
- Every year, more than seven million people are victims of
domestic violence in the United States. Also known as domestic abuse, spousal
abuse, battering, and intimate partner violence, domestic violence does not
discriminate; it can affect all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, genders, income
levels, and sexual orientations.
Domestic violence can take many forms, as well. Physical aggression
(hitting, kicking, restraining, shoving, or throwing objects), sexual abuse,
economic deprivation, controlling, intimidating, stalking, neglecting, or
threats of any of these are all ways in which domestic violence can occur.
According to 2007 statistics, nearly 3500 calls were taken
at A Better Way Services in Delaware County to report cases of domestic
violence. Over 200 adult and child victims of domestic abuse were served at
local emergency shelters. In the state of Indiana, roughly 50 deaths occur each
year as a result of domestic violence, and nearly 10,000 people report cases of
6. Walking against Bullying represented by Muncie Anti-Bullying Plan
In Indiana, it is
estimated that approximately 280,000 students are the victims of bullying every
year. To combat this unfortunate statistic, Muncie Community Schools have
initiated an anti-bullying plan designed to foster communication between
victims, administrators, perpetrators, and families, to support students, and
to promote an atmosphere of caring and safety within the city's schools.