This annual 5K Run, 5k Walk, and Kid’s Fun Run is being held in memory of Loredana Nesci who died as a result of domestic violence. This event will support Meriden/Wallingford Chrysalis and their work in creating safe families. This year’s event will be a twilight race and will coincide with the Chrysalis annual vigil and 40th Anniversary.
This event is being held to raise awareness of domestic violence. All proceeds will benefit Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis, whose mission is:
“Promoting healthy relationships, safe families, and violence-free communities”
Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis offers services at no cost to victims regardless of when the abuse occurred, or whether or not they plan to leave. Community-based services include:
- Individual in person and/or phone support
- Advocacy through medical, legal, police or social services systems
- An educational support group for women mandated by Department of Children and Families
- Support group on Tuesday evenings for women and their children
- Safety planning for adults and children.
- Short Term Emergency Shelter
- Transitional Living Program
- 24-hour hotline services at (203) 238-1501 or toll-free statewide at (888) 774-2900.
No matter what the situation, nobody deserves to be battered or abused. Everybody deserves to live a life free from violence, fear and abuse. These are universal truths, no matter what your situation.
Loredana Nesci was a smart, accomplished, and caring women. She was born on June 11, 1968 in Meriden, Connecticut, attended Platt High School, received an undergraduate degree from UConn and a Law degree from Quinnipiac University. She joined the Los Angeles Police Department where she served the community as a police officer before leaving the department to concentrate on her law career.
Loredana became expert in all areas of law and passed the Bar Exams in both Connecticut and California. In 2008, she started her own syndicated radio show, “The Lowdown with the Legal Diva” and in 2014 landed her own television series, “Loredana Esq, which ran on the Sundance Channel. She was a frequent guest on “The View”.
Loredana was the loving mother of her 5-year old son Rocco, who often accompanied her to her offices or court. She was also accomplished in cycling and yoga, loved her Dobermann Louie and her cats Bob and Rudi, and was a great fan of the New York Yankees. Loredana had a winning personality and was loved by all who met her. Her contagious smile could brighten any room and anyone’s day.
On July 22, 2015 Loredana Nesci became a victim of a domestic homicide in her in Redondo Beach, California home. This race is dedicated to her memory in the hopes that it will help raise awareness of domestic violence in America. All proceeds will donated to Chrysallis to help in their fight against domestic violence.
Registration opens at 3:00 PM, the kid’s fun run starts at 4:15 PM, and the 5K Run and 2 Mile walk at 4:30 PM.
T-Shirts will be available for the first 150 registered 5K runners and walkers.
Awards will be presented to the overall winners and the top three in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+ for both races.
Entry & registration
5K Run and Walk: $25 preregistration; $30 race day. Register early to get your T-Shirt! Click here to register online. Mail in application: Loredana Nesci Memorial 5k App. Race day registration opens at 3:00 pm.
T-Shirts to the first 150 registered runners/walkers.
Location & parking
There is plenty of on-site parking at Hubbard Park, 999 West Main St, Meriden, CT 06451
The course is a fairly straight out and back.
See 2015 Race Results here
See 2016 Race Results here
See 2015 Race Photos here