One Innocent Life, hosted its first annual Beat the Heat 5K Run and Walk on June 18, in the town center of Woodbridge, CT. The event featured live music from New Haven band Eggy, family-friendly activities, local food trucks, artisans, and the highly anticipated 5K Run/Walk.
Despite the event being Jeff Block’s first attempt at an organized road race, it turned out to be a very successful outing. The charity event, honoring the lives lost due to fire related incidents and advocating for fire safety awareness, boasted over 225 participants. Thankfully, the course was in wonderful shape and featured plenty of Amity HS volunteers handing out water to the runners.
Jeff Block extends his gratitude to the many generous sponsors for funding the event and providing artisanal goods, race director Marty Schaivone, creative director Rick Callahan, the Woodbridge Police and Parks Department for keeping participants safe, and Thom Jacobs for timing the racers. For the race results visit beattheheat.run .
About One Innocent Life: One Innocent Life was founded in June 2015 by Jeff Block, as a part of his ongoing campaign to spread fire safety awareness, particularly off-campus housing. The organization is dedicated to his daughter Eva and her two friends (Kerry Fitzsimmons, Kevin Johnson), who died in an off-campus house at Marist College, due to a lack of education about fire prevention.
One Innocent Life is dedicated to educating college-aged students to be aware that while housing fires may be rare, they can happen, and they can be incredibly dangerous. Its goal is to have people take responsibility not risk.