The Courage Run was held Aug. 27. The event raised over $26,000.

The Courage Run was held Aug. 27. The event raised over $26,000.

By Lt. Aaron Yderraga, AA/Public Information Officer
California Correctional Center

California Correctional Center (CCC) officers and a captain rallied staff and retirees to assist a charity that helps victims of child sex trafficking.

Courage Worldwide held its second triathlon on the shores of Lake Almanor on Aug. 27.

Kayaking was part of the Courage Run at Lake Almanor.

Kayaking was part of the Courage Run at Lake Almanor.

The idea for the triathlon was first conceived by CCC Officers Dawn Hershberger and Joanne Vice, who are very involved in the organization.  Along with the support of CCC Capt. Randy Hewitt, all three were instrumental in making this event a reality by working with other organizations such as the California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and Pacific Gas & Electric.

The outpouring of support from was immense, which included generous donations from the California Correctional Supervisors Organization (CCSO), the CCC and High Desert State Prison (HDSP) chapters of the California Correctional Peace Officer Organization (CCPOA), as well as numerous current and retired staff members who participated as contestants and/or volunteers.

The CCC/HDSP Honor Guard presented colors during the opening ceremony.

This year’s event consisted of a 2.8-mile run, 7.1-mile bike ride and 4.1 miles of kayaking. In addition, the event doubled in size with 248 challengers (up from 97) and 100 volunteers (up from 25), raising $26,453 for the charity.

Next year’s event, slated for Aug. 26, 2017, is already in the planning stages. For information, contact either Joanne.Vice@cdcr.ca.gov or Dawn.Hershberger@cdcr.ca.gov.

From left are Correctional Counselor Chevi Amrein, Todd Amrein and Cathie Homer.

From left are Correctional Counselor Chevi Amrein, Todd Amrein and Cathie Homer.