Registration is now open for the Break Free 5/10K Run and Walk, hosted by The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation (JMMF).

The JMMF holds the charity run every year as an opportunity to engage with the community and educate the public about domestic violence and abuse. The last run was in 2019 before going on hiatus due to COVID-19. 

The foundation provides support for survivors of domestic violence through outreach and education programming. Proceeds of the run will be going back to the community through these programs and running Jessie's House, a 35-bed all-gender emergency shelter.

The Break Free 5/10K Run and Walk is taking place Sunday (June 19), at Morinville Fish and Game Pond as a part of Morinville Festival Days, a larger event expected to draw in approximately 10,000 people.

"It's a very family-orientated event," said Marla Poelzer, executive director of the foundation. "It's about bringing families together, bringing people together, to not only support survivors of domestic violence but to really showcase that the community is taking a stand."

The non-profit was formed in 2012 after the tragic death of Morinville's Jessica Martel, who was murdered by her common-law partner.