A walk/run at the Park at River Walk to support MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, raised more than $62,000 Saturday morning, according to organizers.

More than 800 runners took part in the event as timed participants. This was the third annual “Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash,” which aims to raise awareness of the DUI problem in the Bakersfield community and support victims.

There were more than 4,000 DUI arrests in Bakersfield in 2015, according to organizers.

The event has raised more than $160,000 in the past three years.

The money is used help families with both emergency aid and through the criminal process; it also pays for victim panels where victims speak to offenders and for school presentations.

Donations are still being accepted through Oct. 24 via this website: http://www.walklikemadd.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=643.

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