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Press Release

September 24, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         
Contact: Julie Holmquist 952-838-9000, [email protected]

Help End Bullying At PACER’s First-Ever Run/Walk/Roll Against Bullying On Oct. 16

Minneapolis, MNEvery day, more than 160,000 children nationwide stay home from school to avoid being bullied. Not only are the effects of bullying on a child felt immediately, but they can also be lifelong – or even tragic. That’s why PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is inviting the community to support the cause at the first-ever Run/Walk/Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Oct. 16, as part of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month of October.

Registration and race packet pick-up begin at 9 a.m., followed by a four-mile run or 1.5-mile fun walk/roll at 10 a.m. at Mt. Normandale Lake, Normandale Blvd. and 84th St., Bloomington, Minn. The entry fee is $20 per person, and each participant will receive a complimentary T-shirt. Snacks and additional fun will also be provided at the Normandale Lake Bandshell.

“Bullying can lead to painful results not only for the youth who are bullied, but for the students who engage in it, the school, and the whole community,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center based in Minneapolis, Minn. “We continually hear comments from teens dealing with bullying. This is a very real and painful issue that kids are facing. But teens don’t have to suffer alone, and further tragedies can be prevented if we all work together to prevent bullying.” 

For more information and to register for the event, visit PACER.org/bullying or call 952-838-9000.
All proceeds from the Run/Walk/Roll Against Bullying will go to PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, which educates communities nationwide to prevent bullying through creative and interactive resources.
Based in Minnesota, PACER Center is a national parent center serving all youth, with a special emphasis on children with disabilities. Learn more at PACER.org or call 952-838-9000; 888-248-0822 (national toll free).

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Editor: Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, is available for media interviews on bullying prevention topics.