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      Running in style to end domestic violence

      In Hannibal's Central Park on Tuesday, running shoes were replaced with four inch pumps.

      Usually when you get out your stunning stilettos, it's for a night on the town. In Hannibal's Central Park on Tuesday, running shoes were replaced with four inch pumps.

      AVENUES Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Services held a "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event.

      This consisted of men from around the area raising money to race around Central Park in high heeled shoes.

      The goal of the event was to raise awareness about domestic violence as well as support AVENUES' services.

      Each runner had to raise at least $50 to compete.

      The winner of the event earned the "Golden Stiletto" trophy.

      "When you talk about physical, mental, and sexual abuse, it's a very tough topic to talk about, and this is just a way to sort of have fun when we are talking about it. So it's a fun way to deal with a tough topic," AVENUES board president Cory Combs said.

      Coordinators say this was the first of hopefully many years of this event in Hannibal.