On Sunday, Nov. 13 community members and law enforcement officials will come together to participate in the 9th annual Run with the Heroes 5K at CampMabry (2200 W. 35th St.). The race will start at 8:00 a.m. on the Parade Ground. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in various categories.
Hosted by the Austin Police Department and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Texas, the 5K run honors all fallen heroes and their families from the Fire, EMS and Police first responder agencies. The 2016 honorees are Sgt. Chris Kelley from the Hutto Police Department and Kristin McLain a STAR Flight nurse.
Runners of all levels – beginners through advanced – are invited to compete and have fun while supporting a great cause. The cost to race (through Nov. 9) is $30 for general public, $25 for students and $20 for children. Registration can be completed online. Day of event registration will be held starting at 6:30 a.m. and the fee will be $35 for all runners. The funds raised will go on to support more than 3,500 Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes in the Central Texas Area.
Kelley, a U.S. Air Force veteran, served with the Hutto Police Department for 11 years. After a struggle during an attempted arrest, the suspect stole a car and tried to flee. Kelley attempted to stop him and was struck by the car. After being taken to the hospital, he died from his injuries.
McLain, a registered nurse, had worked for STAR Flight for seven years. She died after falling from a medical helicopter while attempting to rescue a woman who had fallen into the Barton Creek Greenbelt. While being hoisted up to the helicopter with the victim, McLain fell out of the harness and was killed. The victim remained in the harness and was safely rescued.
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. In Texas, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1985 and had grown to become one of the largest in the nation. In the last decade, Torch Run has contributed over $12 million through the dedication of thousands of law enforcement personnel fundraising on behalf of SOTX. The support provided by this dedicated group has contributed greatly to programs in local communities, which involve more than 55,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.
About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 55,200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; Facebook fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; YouTubeyoutube.com/specialolympicstexas. Visit the SOTX – Central Texas Area Facebook page at fb.com/SOTX13.
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