SPOKANE, Wash. -- Dozens of people ran around Downtown Spokane in high heels Sunday to raise money and awareness for victims of domestic violence.
The Women’s Healing and Empowerment Network brought the Stiletto Sprint to the city for the first time. Women and men participated in the 100-meter dash, all while sporting high heels.
"It was very painful, but it was for a good cause, so why not?" said participant Richard Young.
The race began at South Monroe Street and West First Avenue.
“I had a lot of fun,” racer Carmerita Despera said. “Didn’t win but I didn’t come to win.”
Organizers wanted to use the fun event to call attention to a serious issue. The local non-profit said Spokane has the highest domestic violence rate in the state.
"We want to get the word out and let people know we are here to help," said volunteer Cheryl M. Smith.
The Women’s Healing and Empowerment Network helps hundreds of domestic violence victims each year.