This year's event has both virtual and in-person components. We will be following the Governor’s Safe Return to Running Guidelines and additional health & safety protocols being used by the Seattle Mariners and Major League Baseball. This allows 600 people to participate in person at T-Mobile Park in waves of 10 people every 3 minutes. We have SOLD OUT the in-person spots. The remainder of our crowd will participate virtually. Join us in making the 10th anniversary of this extraordinary event the best one yet!
How do you participate virtually?
Participants will walk, jog, or run a 5K (3.1 miles) on your own, wherever it is safe to do so (e.g., in your neighborhood, on a treadmill) on July 17, 2021. When you’re done, you can get your race swag either by picking it up at the ballpark on July 17 (we’ll have a safe, socially distant method for handing it out on the plaza next to the Mariners Parking Garage) or we will mail it to you the week of July 19th. We’ll be interacting across social media channels throughout race day to make the experience fun and interactive!
Will there be any changes to the in-person race from years past?
We have added some additional safety and security protocols for the in-person event. Masks will be required. The course has been changed slightly to avoid the lap around the outside of the ballpark (for security reasons) and the suite level of the ballpark (because this level is indoors without enough airflow for COVID requirements). We love the revised course and think you will too. Check it out here!
This event has always been a time to celebrate the resilience of survivors and the power of community. At a time when so many survivors (and our communities as a whole) are experiencing isolation, we hope connecting through this event will provide some much needed connection, communicate to everyone experiencing abuse that you are not alone, and we will back fully in-person again next year.
The Refuse To Abuse® 5K at T-Mobile Park is a unique 5K fun run/walk that takes you around every level of T-Mobile Park, from the top of the players' tunnel to the final lap around the field. Stepping out on the field level of a major league ball park is an awe-inspiring moment that few have experienced! Fund raised benefit the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and their statewide violence prevention and education work.
Refuse To Abuse® is a 25-year partnership between the Seattle Mariners and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV). With spokespeople that included Kyle Seager, Justus Sheffield, and Scott Servais, Refuse To Abuse® has reached millions of Mariners fans over the past 25 years with messages that promote healthy, respectful relationships.
We believe that domestic violence is 100% preventable and that we all have a role to play in stopping this violence before it starts! By participating and fundraising for the Refuse To Abuse® 5K you will be a part of the solution. Join us in spreading this message and educating young people about healthy, respectful relationships.
Funds raised support our statewide violence prevention efforts, including: youth engagement, the development of concrete tools to help start conversations with young people about respectful relationships, and the work we do to advocate for better laws and programming to prevent future violence for survivors of abuse.
The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the leading voice to end domestic violence in Washington State. We are creating communities where all people can live and love without fear by increasing survivors' options for safety and connection to supportive resources.
Our work includes: producing educational tools; training and support to our member programs who work tirelessly to help survivors towards safety and freedom; research; engaging the public to prevent domestic violence; and policy advocacy. To learn more, please visit wscadv.org.