Thousands will run a 5k for 'Jacob Wetterling Day' Saturday

The goal of the event is to capture the sadness, helplessness, yet strong energy that Minnesotans have each year on October 22nd.
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Jacob Wetterling was abducted and murdered 27 years ago on Saturday.

In honor of his legacy, Gov. Mark Dayton has declared Oct. 22 to be "Jacob Wetterling Day" in Minnesota.

His tragedy impacted many Minnesotans and led to the Jacob Wetterling Act in 1994 and the creation of a state sex-offender registry that helps keep kids safe, the proclamation says.

Since his disappearance, Jacob's parents never stopped looking for him and have dedicated their lives to advocate for all children's safety. They offer prevention education workshops and webcasts that teach kids and adults about things like internet and cell safety, bullying, and common lures.

There are 354 missing and endangered children in Minnesota, the governor's office says.

Thousands will run in a 5k for Jacob

Over 1,900 people have signed up for the "Running HOME for Jacob" 5k at Phalen Park in St. Paul on Saturday.

Activities begin at 8 a.m., followed by a kids race at 9 a.m. and the 5k at 10 a.m., the Facebook event says. There will also be a DJ and activities in the park until noon.

Hosted by the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, the event is a place for families to get together to honor Jacob and take part in prevention activities.

You can still register for the run on-site this morning, but will not be guaranteed a t-shirt, the event page said.

And even if you can't make it, the Resource Center says they are inspired by all of the ways people have honored Jacob through the #11forJacob movement over the last few months.

"Thank you for your ongoing love and the commitment to live a life that is fair, kind, understanding, honest, thankful, a good sport, a good friend, joyful, generous, gentle with others, and positive," the post said.

And here's other ways you can help.

People are posting about the 5k and Jacob Wetterling Day on social media:

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