GUILFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Last year, there were fewer than 100 participants in the Womancare Domestic Violence 5K. This year, those numbers multiplied by 6.
Over 500 walkers, 80 runners, and 20 kids participated in this year's race, which took place on the first Sunday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
"The turnout appears to be remarkable," said Art Jette of Womancare. "The community has really rallied behind the cause."
The 5K is an annual fundraiser for Womancare, and the proceeds benefit victims of domestic violence.
It's become an important issue for the Piscataquis County community, as they remember Amy, Monica and Coty Lake, three victims of a domestic violence related murder this year in Dexter.
"It's a personal issue for me," said Matt Tibbetts, a soccer coach at the Piscataquis Community school.
"I was very good friends with the Lake family," he said. "And I believe the youth of the area need to be more aware of domestic violence."
That's why he brought out his soccer team to compete in the 5K.
"We need to take care of each other, bottom line," he said.