Luminaria Run Benefits Shelter House Dec 6

November 24, 2014 by SoWal Staff

Shelter House, the domestic and sexual violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties, will present a unique twilight run designed to shine the light on abuse in our community. The 4th Annual Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence will take place on Saturday, December 6 at 4:30pm. Runners will start at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Destin and follow a course lined with more than 2,000 luminarias lighting their path.
The race includes 5k and 9k courses winding throughout the Indian Bayou neighborhood. “We chose the 9k distance to represent that a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in the U.S.,” explained Shelter House Executive Director Michelle Sperzel. “The luminarias symbolize how Shelter House and our community partners light the way to a safer place for victims of abuse.”
Children are encouraged to participate in the run, and walkers are welcome. This family-friendly event will have a “sweet finish” at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. featuring s’mores, hot cocoa, cupcakes and more, as well as Bubba Gump’s famous gumbo.
This is a twilight race starting at 4:30pm. Runners are encouraged to wear reflective gear, and a prize will be awarded for the best lit runner.
Early bird registration is available through September 30 with the following prices:  adults, 5k – $25; 9k – $40. Children ages 3 through 12 are $10 for the 5k and $15 for the 10k.
Packet pick up begins on Friday, December 5 at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Destin from 4pm to 7pm. On-site registration and packet pick up will be open on race day from 2pm to 4pm at Bubba Gump.
Luminary bags will be labeled and placed along the course in honor or in memory of loved ones. Bags are available through a $10 donation to Shelter House and can be purchased at the Shelter House office in Fort Walton Beach or on site the day of the race.

Shelter House would like to thank this year’s run sponsors: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Dixielectricar, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, The Beachcomber, On the Coast Magazine, Karaboo Bakery,, Destin Commons, Yolo Board, Murphy’s Home Services, Inc., Trustmark Bank, Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, Destin Shines, Run With It, OIS Media, Waterstone Mortgage, lululemon and ResortQuest.

Luminaria Run 2014 Info

The 5k/9k run begins at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., 14059 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541, and winds through the Indian Bayou neighborhood. The 9k distance represents that a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in the United States. Come out to cheer for your favorite runner at the start line at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. We are all lighting the way to a safer place for victims of domestic and sexual violence. 

Adult Pricing:
Sept 1 - Sept 30 ($25-5k/$40-9k)
Oct 1 - Dec 4 ($30-5k/$45-9k)
Dec 5 - 6 ($40-5k/$55-9k)

Youth Pricing:
Ages 3 - 12

Glow Package:
This is a twilight race. Runners are encouraged to wear reflective gear. Prizes will be given for the best lit runner so get your GLOW on! Glow packages can be purchased for $5 when you register online or at packet pick up. Glow packages are limited so make sure you purchase yours today!

You have the opportunity to win a YOLO board for only $25! Buy your ticket online during registration, at packet pick up or on race day. A small raffle with dozens of gift certificates and gift items perfect for the holidays will be set up at packet pick up and on race day with tickets starting at just $1. Don’t miss your chance to win!
**You can purchase additional raffle tickets under the 'Additional Raffle Ticket' tab. Participants do not have to be present to win.**

After Party:
Join us after the run for our after party at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for gumbo, beer, a hot toddy bar, music and our sweet finish dessert bar. We will also have fire pits to make your own s’mores and the college football games will be playing inside Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.! Awards will be handed out during the after party! Make sure you stick around to get recognized for all the hard work you put in during the race! 

Be a fundraiser!:
Not sure you want to run? You can be a fundraiser for the Luminaria Run. Creating a fundraising page allows you to invite friends to donate as well as spread the word about the Luminaria Run.

Be an illuminator!:
Are you looking for a way to support Shelter House but aren't a runner or can't make it to the Luminaria Run? Be an Illuminator! Illuminators pay just $15 and receive an official 4th Annual Luminaria Run long sleeve t-shirt. You can pick it up at packet pick up on Friday, packet pick up on race day or we'll mail it to you. Proudly wearing your Luminaria Run shirt lets everyone know that you are a light in our community.

Be a sponsor!:
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To register, please go to For more information on the race, sponsorships or luminary bags, call Shelter House at 850-243-1201.
Last year’s Luminaria Run drew more than 350 runners and raised over $15,000 to help keep abused women, children and men in the local community safe.
Shelter House is the state-certified domestic and sexual violence shelter serving victims in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Services provided include 24-hour domestic violence/rape hotline, crisis counseling, advocacy, outreach, primary prevention, transitional housing and confidential shelter.
If you feel that a family member or intimate partner is endangering your physical or emotional safety or if you know someone experiencing this in their home, call Shelter House’s hotline at 1-800-44-ABUSE, or 850-863-4777.      


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