Children, adults, seniors, even furry friends, gathered in front of the Margaret Dalton Hall in Jackson on February 1 for the 8th annual Color Madness 5K Walk/Run to help raise awareness and kick off Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February. Operation Care’s Color Madness event is its effort to bring awareness on our local level. According to Operation Care, teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. By participating in this annual fun event, you are spreading awareness about dating abuse and letting everyone know they deserve a safe and healthy relationship.

Attendees painted the town with colorful chalk paint as they helped raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence. The annual Color Madness 5K Walk/Run is a perfect event for the whole family to participate in while truly supporting an amazing cause. By taking a stand against teen dating violence, we are helping the youth in our community break the cycle of violence. For more information, visit operationcare.org.