The Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking will hold its annual race against trafficking on April 28.
Organizers expect more than 300 participants in the 5K, which was established in 2016 to raise community awareness about human trafficking in Thurston County.
Tumwater police arrested more than 20 suspects in a sex trafficking sting in fhe fall of 2016. Four children were rescued during the operation.
"Our goal is to raise awareness of the sad truth that human trafficking is happening right here in Washington state," Rose Gundersen, one of the event's organizers, said in the news release.
"Our community is stepping out to take action to prevent it from happening."
Despite the serious cause, Gundersen says the event is fun for participants and she encourages runners to bring family, friends and coworkers to the event.
The race begins at 9 a.m. at Mountain View Church at 940 Israel Road Southwest in Tumwater, across the street from Tumwater High School.
More information can be found on the event's website.
Both the Washington State Patrol and and Thurston County Sheriff's Office will attend the event, the release said.
"The Sheriff's Office is dedicated to a coordinated community response to human trafficking," Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza said in the release.
The goal for this year's race is to raise $40,000 to fund the "Take On" program in local schools. The program seeks to help youth who are at risk for exploitation.