Men to race in heels in benefit event

More than 130 men are expected to race in high-heeled shoes in the latest version of an annual event to raise money and awareness of efforts to help victims of domestic violence.

The ninth annual Alpine Bank Men in Heels Race is set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in downtown Grand Junction in conjunction with the final farmers’ market of the season. The race will take place on Colorado Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s race will feature 26 teams, including teams representing the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office and probation department, Alpine Bank, Church of the Nativity, Coldwell Banker, Colorado Mesa University Criterion, FCI Constructors, Good Shepherd, Grand Junction Housing Authority, Grand Junction Real Estate Association, Hilltop Community Resources, Kannah Creek Brewing Co., KREX, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Mesa County School District 51, Monument Waste, Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates, St. Mary’s Care Flight, ServPro of Grand Junction, Startek, TownSquare Radio and Western Rockies Federal Credit Union.

The Men in Heels Race raises money for Latimer House. A  program of Hilltop Community Services, Latimer House provides advocacy, children’s services, emergency shelter and individual and group counseling to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in Mesa County. Latimer House also operates an around-the-clock crisis line.

For more information or to make a donation to your favorite team, visit www.meninheelsrace.org.