This is the fifth year for the Heather Hurd 5K run and 1-mile walk to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. (RECORD FILE PHOTO / November 10, 2012)

The fifth annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk will be held at Harford Community College Saturday, Nov. 9.

The race honors the memory of Heather L. Hurd, a history major at Harford Community College from 1999 to 2003, who was killed in 2008 in a car accident caused by a driver who was texting. Funds from the race and other activities are used for HCC scholarships and to raise awareness of the consequences of traffic accidents.

On-site race registration takes place in the Susquehanna Center auxiliary gymnasium from 8 to 8:45 a.m., with the race starting at 9 a.m.

Each participant will receive a T-shirt, refreshments after the race and two tickets to Harford Community College's basketball doubleheader against Southern Maryland the evening of Nov. 22. A headband/ear muff will be given to the first 250 registrants.


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Awards will be presented based on age groups and final times.

Tracy Hart of WAMD (970-AM) will serve as master of ceremonies, and the radio station will broadcast live from the race. Other visitors are expected to include the Oriole Bird and Poe from the Ravens.

Many activities will take place before and after the race, including the Maryland State Police's seat belt convincer, which will demonstrate the impact of an automobile crash and the importance of wearing a seat belt, and DUI goggles that will simulate the impairment and danger caused by drunk driving. Also on hand will be a texting-while-driving simulator that participants can use to experience how distracted driving impacts operation of an automobile.

Exhibitors at the race include Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Maryland Teen Driving Coalition and Allstate's X the TXT.

The registration fee for the race is $20 per person in advance and $25 on race day. The cost is $10 for those under 18 years of age accompanied by a registered adult. Participants may pre-register for the race by visiting http://www.harford.edu/heather.

Also taking place at the run/walk will be a raffle. First prize is two tickets to the Ravens vs. Steelers game on Thanksgiving evening plus a turkey for tailgating. Second prize is a $100 gift card to Toys R Us. Tickets cost $5 each and may be purchased at the race or by contacting Russell Hurd in advance at russlers8980@verizon.net.

The walk/run was established by the Hurd Family and Harford Community College in 2009 to raise funds for the Harford Community College Remembrance Book Scholarship Fund and to raise awareness of traffic accidents, their consequences and what can be done to prevent them.

Over the past four years, $47,000 has been raised by the race for Remembrance Book Scholarships and 134 scholarships have been presented to deserving HCC students. The goal this year is to raise $20,000 and to attract 400 runners and walkers. Last year a record 315 participants raised $15,000 for book scholarships.

The event also remembers the hundreds of victims who are killed on Maryland roads each year and acknowledges the critical work of first responders – fire, police and ambulance personnel.

For those unable to walk or run but would like to participate, donations may be made to sponsor a participant running or walking in the race, or an outright donation may be made by visiting http://www.harford.edu/heather.

Harford Community College is at 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. For more information, visit http://www.harford.edu/heather or call 443-412-2449.