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posted: 7/13/2013 4:00 PM

Children's Advocacy Center selected as recipient of Fitness for America proceeds

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The Children's Advocacy Center has been selected to receive the proceeds of this year's half marathon, 10k and 5k run/walk at the Alexian Brothers Fitness for America Sports Festival.

The running events will take place on Saturday, July 20, and begin on AT&T Center Drive in Hoffman Estates. The courses travel through roads and paved trails in north Hoffman Estates, the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve and the AT&T complex.

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Erin Merryn, an advocate for the prevention of child abuse who helped pass a law that requires Illinois schools to teach age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention classes, will lead a race at sunset. At age 13, after being sexually abused as a child, Merryn began her healing process at the Children's Advocacy Center.

The Children's Advocacy Center can earn $20 per volunteer to help with the walk in the name of the organization. If the center brings out more than 40 volunteers, a "donate here" link will be placed on the Fitness for America website.

In past years, the event's nonprofit fundraising opportunity has raised more than $100,000 for the Special Olympics. For information, visit

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