Vermonters hit the pavement on the waterfront this morning to promote empowerment for women.
It was the 6th annual Women Helping Battered Women Run For Empowerment. The organization is a service provider for domestic abuse victims in Vermont. About 200 runners took part in the 5K to raise money to fight domestic abuse. Organizers say running is connected with self-esteem, and helps to spread the message of being in control of life.
Jen Sprague from Women Helping Battered Women said Saturday, "Running itself is an empowering thing especially running a race. A lot of people are nervous about running a race and the first time they get out there it makes them feel good."
Organizers say they hope to raise at least 20-thousand dollars from today's event.