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Press Release

July 25, 2011
Contact: Julie Holmquist
[email protected] 952-838-9000

Join PACER in a Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying to kick off National Bullying Prevention Month on Oct. 1 in Bloomington

Minneapolis, MN:  Every 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 Minnesota community to support the cause at the second annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Oct. 1, in Bloomington, Minn. as part of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month of October.

“This is a very real and painful issue that kids are facing,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center based in Minneapolis, Minn.  “But they don’t have to face it alone, and bullying can be prevented if we all work together to change the culture.”

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. Preregistration is strongly encouraged.

For more information and to register for the event, visit or call 952-838-9000. All proceeds from PACER’s Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying will go to PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.

WCCO-TV has joined forces with PACER as a media partner for this event.

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides creative and interactive resources that are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities. It offers educators, students, families and individuals the tools they need to address bullying in schools, recreational programs or community organizations. For more information, visit or call 952-838-9000 and become a Champion for Children!