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Howard police 5K sets new pace for funds raised

Police Pace

 

By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com10:15 a.m. EDT, September 9, 2013

The 22nd annual Howard County Police Foundation Police Pace 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run set a record for funds raised on Sunday with donations approaching $50,000.

The Sept. 8. event at Centennial Park in Ellicott City outpaced the 2012 run, which held the record at approximately $30,000, according to event co-chairs Kyri Jacobs and Cpl. Perry Thorsvik.

“Every year it gets bigger and better,” Thorsvik said. “This is a community event. Everyone wants to be here, and everybody looks forward to it.”

The event, put on by the foundation in conjunction wit the police department, is the biggest fundraiser for the nonprofit, Jacobs said. Jacobs added that the majority of the funds raised from the event will benefit families of fallen Howard County police officers.

Howard police chief William McMahon called a “dual-purpose event.”

“It has a couple benefits for us,” he said. “It generates funds for the officers, and it’s a tremendous show of community support.”

McMahon said that the more than 1,000 participants and the corporate sponsorships reflect the success of the event.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said the event symbolizes the support the community has for the department.

“It sends an important message,” Ulman said. “Communities that make the statement, ‘We support our officers,’ are stronger communities.”

In his comments to the crowd, Ulman said the police department shares in the county’s national recogniton, such as being named by CNN and Money Magazine as a top 10 community.

“We are very proud of the quality of life in this community,” he said. “I say often, and I’ll say it again, none of it matters if we’re not safe.”

Arleen Dinneen, 70, of Ellicott City, who had the best time in the women’s over-70 division, said Ulman was spot on with is comments.

“He’s absolutely right,” Dinneen said.”I’ve lived here for 44 years and I feel safe. All these things that make living here so wonderful would not be possible without the police department.”

Ulman, McMahon and others also pointed out that the event provides an opportunity for the community and police department to get together in a friendly environment.

“We all look the same with running shorts on,” Thorsvik said, smiling.

“Kids grow up knowing police officers are our friends,” Ulman said. “We shouldn’t take that for granted here, because not every community has that relationship.”

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