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‘Take back the trail’

Wendy Wiggins rallies the large group of people who came out to support the event, which launched from El Oso Grande Park. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Wendy Wiggins rallies the large group of people who came out to support the event, which launched from El Oso Grande Park. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — About 300 people on Saturday took part in the “Take Back the Trail” run and walk on a popular trail near Tramway and Juan Tabo in Bear Canyon Arroyo, where a female jogger was sexually assaulted several weeks ago.

The event, supported by the Albuquerque Road Runners Club, the Rape Crisis Center and Sole Sisters, was a show of “solidarity against this kind of violence, and (to) support a safe running community in Albuquerque,” organizers said.

The woman was jogging in the late afternoon on Dec. 21 when she was attacked by a man who police said is 18 to 20 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds.

Albuquerque police officer Tanner Tixier said Open Space officers have done several uniformed and covert patrols of the area in search of the suspect, but so far have not found him.

Call police if you have any information regarding this case or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 843-STOP.

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