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Indianapolis Runner to Compete in 100-Mile Event to Raise Money and Awareness for Victims of Violence

Imagine jogging 35 miles, leaving home at 9 p.m. and returning at 5:30 the next morning to complete the trip. Then think about that 35 miles being a little more than one-third of the distance you are training for. Such is the regiment for Indianapolis resident Jerry Shepherd.

Shepherd, a veteran of marathons, 50Ks, 100 mile runs and triathalons, with a heart to match his athletic ability, will run to raise money on behalf of Legacy House during the June 20 Mohican 100 Trail Run. Jerry has previously run in support of other organizations and has partnered with Legacy House for this year's event held in Loudonville, Ohio.

"The pain of training and competing in a 100 mile trail run is nothing compared to the pain victims of violence feel. I want my efforts on behalf of Legacy House to raise money, awareness and show victims and survivors of violence that there are so many of us who support them," said Shepherd.

Having worked in the Marion County Coroner's office and with Indiana Project Safe Neighborhoods, Shepherd has seen first hand the impact violence has on individuals and families. He lost a close friend to a random act of violence and understands the need for programs and services offered by Legacy House.

Legacy House is a service center for adults and children affected by all types of violence including homicide, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, robbery and burglary. Therapeutic services include individual and family counseling, support groups and children's services including play, art and talk therapy.

Those wanting to support Jerry Shepherd and Legacy House can do so electronically at www.legacy-house.org or by calling Legacy House at (317) 554-5272.

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