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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Cedar Valley trail system is used by hundreds daily. So when news hit of the attack of a woman jogging out at George Wyth State Park in Waterloo, it was disturbing to many.

"That could have been any one of us. We run those trails, often times alone," said Jessica Levai-Baird.

Levai-Baird is part of a woman's running program, The Dirt Divas, that frequents these trails often.

The groups has decided to show their support by hosting a "Taking Back the Trails" event.

"(It's) a small way to show our support for the survivor, and just to remind her she is very strong and that she's not alone and it wasn't her fault," Levai-Baird said. "And that, since we can't change what happened, to hopefully use this event as an awareness."

The event will happen Wednesday, Aug.5, at George Wyth State Park at 6 p.m. 

It was Tuesday afternoon that a man attacked a 27-year-old woman running on the trails and assaulted her in the woods.

Campers later found her and she was taken to the hospital. 

The victim is expected to be OK, but the attacker is still out there. 

Sheriff Tony Thompson says there will be a continued increase presence of law enforcement on the trails after this incident happened..

"We're going to make sure no stone goes unturned to catch this person," he said. "This is a senseless act of violence, is what I think I referred to it yesterday, and it does offend me."

It's unclear when they will let up, but he says it's important right now to catch this predator. 

"But how gutsy to do that on a trail system that gets so frequently used?" said Thompson.

The attacker is described as a slender man in his twenties with sandy blonde hair. Police say he also may have scratches on his face and arms from poison ivy.

If you have any information regard this assault, please call Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-TIPS.

For more information on Wednesday's event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1670434863178442/1670592716495990/

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