Kathy Simmons 5K postponed amid coronavirus concerns

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — A local annual 5K event is being postponed until this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff at the WIRC-CAA Victim Services announced the Kathy Simmons Memorial 5K Walk/Run/Roll will be postponed until this September.

Event organizers will contact those who have already registered and businesses who have donated.

“Last year, we had over 60 participants of all ages join us to support domestic violence survivors in western Illinois,” WIRC-CAA Public Relations Manager Jamie Roth said. “We are taking the CDC guidelines very seriously, and look forward to seeing everyone in September.”

Staff said additional details will be released closer to September about rescheduling the event.

The 5K is sponsored by WIRC-CAA Victim Services and held every year in memory of Kathy Simmons and in support of survivors of domestic violence. Simmons was a nurse at McDonough District Hospital, resident of Hancock County and mother of three children. Simmons was involved in a domestic violence incident on March 23, 2003.  The situation turned deadly with her husband, who she was married to for 25 years.

All proceeds from the event provide free services, such as crisis advocacy response and counseling, to domestic violence survivors of victim services.

For more information, visit wirpc.org/simmons/, or find “WIRC-CAA Victim Services” on social media or call (309) 837-6622. If you or someone you know is being abused, call Victim Services’ 24-hour free and confidential crisis hotline at (309) 837-5555.