CLAREMONT — The 13th annual Steppin' Up walk/run got lucky with the weather on Saturday as the rain ceased and the temperatures warmed considerable compared to the days leading up to the event. This year 746 people participated, raising $74,299 to put toward the Turning Points Network's mission to help people who are escaping from domestic violence. The event begins at Claremont Middle School, where the gymnasium is set up with a registration desk and a table where snacks are available. In the cafeteria volunteers were set up at several stations to accept the funds that were raised by 77 teams, with one table set aside for those who were raising money individually. Money raised was also reported via the internet.
Out in the parking lot in front of the school, the crowd gathered to await the start of the event, but also to be addressed by its hosts. Marie Linebaugh, the program director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, was in Claremont to present the Visionary Voice award. This award is sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They select 50 winners each year, one from each state.