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Kelly Mann memorial 5K run, 3K walk to benefit Nashua nonprofit

By Telegraph staff

NASHUA – Raising money to support work against domestic violence and abuse, the 11th annual Kelly Mann Memorial 5K Run and 3K Fun Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, at Sunset Heights Elementary School.

The race is held in memory of former Nashua resident Kelly Mann, who was a victim of domestic violence. Mann was murdered in her home by her husband, Stephen Mann, in July 2004. Her three children – then ages 1, 8 and 12 – were in a nearby room and placed the 911 call. Stephen Mann was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. ...

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NASHUA – Raising money to support work against domestic violence and abuse, the 11th annual Kelly Mann Memorial 5K Run and 3K Fun Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, at Sunset Heights Elementary School.

The race is held in memory of former Nashua resident Kelly Mann, who was a victim of domestic violence. Mann was murdered in her home by her husband, Stephen Mann, in July 2004. Her three children – then ages 1, 8 and 12 – were in a nearby room and placed the 911 call. Stephen Mann was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

The charitable race started after Mann’s oldest daughters, Ashley and Lauren, approached Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support in Nashua with the idea of a memorial fundraiser in honor of their mother.

The nonprofit organization provides services to victims and survivors of domestic violence. The money raised at the run will fund Bridges’ services, including support groups, a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, and educational presentations for schools, businesses and civic groups.

Registration for the 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m. The race will be held at Sunset Heights Elementary School, 15 Osgood Road.

Aside from raising funds for Bridges, the event also is meant to create awareness about domestic violence, and provide participants and donors with the chance to show their support for ending domestic violence.

The flat, fast, certified 5K course will be timed by Millennium Running. Part of the Toyota of Nashua Gate City Series, race day events include a raffle, prizes and runners’ bags.

All proceeds will go to Bridges in its effort to eliminate domestic and sexual violence and to provide a safe and empowering environment for victims and survivors.

To register for the 5K, visit www.bridgesnh.org.