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Runners hit the trails in support of Cedar Falls stabbing victim


Dozens of runners are showing support for the victim of a recent stabbing -- by taking to the Cedar Valley trails.

Runners, walkers, and cyclists gathered at Pfeiffer Springs Park in Cedar Falls Saturday morning for the "Take Back the Trails" event. A few people put the run together shortly after 23-year-old Paige King was stabbed while jogging in George Wyth Park.

"We just were hoping maybe 20 people would show up with respect for Paige and her family and what she's going through, and show those people who are scared to come out. And we got quite a big group -- we're excited!" said Lisa Helland.

Kings's mother read a letter of appreciation from her daughter before the group took off on the trails. As local runner Dave Lipinski explained, this wasn't a formal race. It's just a way to take a stand and say -- the trails are safe.

"Basically we wanted to bring a positive vibe back to a place that had gotten some negative attention, and make sure Paige and her family knows that they're supported, and we're going to go out there and do what we do - which is run, bike, walk, rollerblade, and have fun on our trails," said Lipinski.

Participants used the event to help raise money for King's medical bills and recovery expenses.

Police say 19-year-old Blake Houser admitted to attacking King. He's also charged in a similar assault which happened last summer. Houser is being held in the Black Hawk County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

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