TubesMoat260-300x200Bring your friends and get ready to jump, hop, bounce and splash your way across the finish line at the 3rd annual Warrior Princess Mud Run obstacle course on October 4, 2014. Women’s Health Specialists is proud to be a naming sponsor for this year’s event to support Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs in our community.

The Warrior Princess Mud Run is a non-competitive 5K adventure run and obstacle course designed for women and men of all fitness levels. The obstacles are fun and unique with just enough challenge to get your heart pumping!

The action takes place at Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London. Organizers hope to attract 1500 participants this year with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs. Last year’s event raised over $90,000.

More than one in three women in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Between two and four million women are physically abused each year in the United States. Of these, 2,000 women die of the injuries they suffer.

Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors – including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion – used by one intimate partner against another to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use a wide range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner. Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion. It knows no boundaries.

In 2013, Harbor House served families in crisis in the following ways:

  • 256 people received safe shelter
  • 843 women and 304 children participated in one-on-one counseling sessions
  • 340 women and 216 children attend support groups
  • 663 women and 285 children received legal advocacy
  • 15,028 crisis calls were taken through our 24-hour telephone helpline
  • 96 community education training and speaking presentations were given
  • 8,526 K-12 students and educators participated in our school prevention education presentations

This event is so much more than having a great time getting muddy and running obstacles. You’re having a direct impact providing safety, help and hope for survivors in our community and putting an end to domestic violence. Register now!