Saturday, August 6

9th Raksha 5k Walk / Run for Distraction-Free Driving

Purgatory Creek Recreation Area · 13001 Technology Drive · Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Special Guest: Col. Matt Langer · Chief, Minnesota State Highway Patrol

REGISTER

$15 for Walkers/ $20 for Runners
Onsite Registration $20
Walk FREE if under 12 years

Register in Advance by August 4:

Or call 612-759-3384

Help Build Distraction-Free Driver Communities, One Driver at a Time

RAKSHA WALK / RUN PROGRAM

7:30 am: Onsite registration/Pick up the Walk T-shirt
8:15 am: 5K Run Starts
9 am: Vigil to remember those lost to driver distraction
• Community Pledge to drive distraction-free
9:45 am: 5K Walk Starts

DISPLAYS

A crashed car involved in distracted driving by Minnesotans for Safe Driving • Prize Wheels • Exhibits from AAA Minneapolis • Peddle Kart Distraction Test by TZD Program of Office of Traffic Safety • Distraction Simulator by Minnesota Safety Council

In memory of your lost loved one, please bring a 5”x7” photograph for the Remembrance Wall

FIVE COMPELLING REASONS-WHY SHOULD YOU GO?

1. You will save lives by experiencing the face of driver distraction through real-life displays, real-life stories and with information provided by expert speakers. You will learn that everyone is vulnerable, including those who do not even drive.

2. You will become a better informed person. In 2015 alone, Minnesota lost 411 lives in traffic crashes compared to 361 in 2014, a 14 percent increase. Distracted driving was listed as a contributing factor in 74 deaths in 2015. Fatalities included 61 motorcyclists, 41 pedestrians and 10 bicyclists. Additionally, 181,663 were involved in some type of crash in 2015, that equals population of Duluth and Plymouth combined.

3. You will get to use hands-on tools, some technology based and others just deliver knowledge with simple games/activities.

4. You will get the opportunity to pool your hidden talents with those who may share your passion in art, video or other creative activities. You might create unique artifacts that will inspire others to drive distraction-free. There is nothing more rewarding than serving the community with a cause-related zeal.

5. You will receive a runner’s T-shirt, a cell phone card holder, free unlimited healthy refreshments. If you are a runner, you will get your official timing for the 5K Run. Best of all, walking and running is good for your health. Of course, you will get an added bonus of a unique learning experience in saving the lives of others, perhaps your own.

VOLUNTEER

We need help with Registration, Set Up, Clean Up, Water Stations, and General Help On-Site.

DONATE

You can make an individual donation or you can create or join a fundraising team.

This new book by Vijay Dixit, of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation, is a one-of-a-kind resource that brings together real-life stories, facts and figures, fascinating research about our behavior behind the wheel, and expert perspectives on how we can end the distraction epidemic. It is a book no driver can live without.

“A call to action, written with heart” -Senator Amy Klobuchar

One Split Second will be available for sale at the 9th Annual Raksha Walk on August 6. The author will be present to autograph the book.

Dr Kailash Satyarthi and Vijay Dixit
Vijay Dixit presents his book 'One Split Second', about fixing the Distracted Driving Epidemic, to Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Kailash Satyarthi during his visit to Minneapolis.

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