5K race in Delray Beach aims to stomp out bullying

Posted at 3:36 PM, Aug 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 06:11:57-04

The rain couldn't stop determined runners from participating in Sunday’s "Stomp Out Bullying" 5K. The Discrimination Free Zone Foundation hosted the run in Delray Beach.

With the money raised from this run they plan on creating several mentoring/ambassador groups at area high schools where upperclassmen set an example for their peers.

"I think having someone as an upperclassmen, you want to be that person, it's cool to be that older person that can set the tone," Sarah Potkin said.


Leigh Degnen is an avid runner who’s completed 20 races a year since she was six. Leigh says this one carries great weight because she’s been bullied before.

"I've been bullied twice, once in second grade and once in fourth grade at track," Degnen said. "People really shouldn't be doing it even though they know it's wrong, they just do it to have fun sometimes."

Children as young as six-years-old finished the race. Parents say it was great day for the race because it helped ease some of the stress right before the start of school.

To find out about or support the Discrimination Free Zone Foundation visit their website.