A record 315 participants ran and walked in the fourth annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk at Harford Community College Saturday morning.
The race, on a USA Track and Field Certified Course, honored the memory of Heather L. Hurd, a history major at Harford Community College from 1999 to 2003, who was killed in a 2008 car accident by a distracted driver who was texting.
Kevin Frick was the overall men's winner, with a time of 19 minutes and 43 seconds. Nancy Hill captured the overall women's division, with a time of 23 minutes and 20 seconds.
Approximately $15,000 was raised by participants for book scholarships, bringing the total to $47,000 raised by the Race for Remembrance book scholarships for Harford Community College students since the race's founding in 2009.
Russell Hurd, Heather's father, was pleased with the race and its outcome.
"I can't even put it into words," he said. "My heart is soaring. It's a very proud day."
Brittinay Nicolette received one of the book scholarships last spring when she was finishing her studies at HCC. Now a student at Lynchburg College in Virginia, she is studying health promotion with a specialization in public health.
When describing how receiving the Hurd scholarship impacted her life, Nicolette said: "To me it gave me the encouragement to continue my education and apply for other scholarships. I pay for school myself. The Heather Hurd Remembrance Book Scholarship gave me the academic encouragement to focus on my future."
Among those at the race were Tim Hartley, of WXCY-FM, who served as master of ceremonies. WBAL-TV's Sarah Caldwell and Nicolette, who is also Miss Maryland Collegiate 2013, were the race starters.
Also on hand for the festivities were Harford State Sen. Barry Glassman, Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane, Harford County Councilman Chad Shrodes and Jay Anderson, of Stay Alive Just Drive, a national organization based in Florida whose goal is to curb distracted driving and promote safe driving.
Cheering on participants as they crossed the finish line were the Ravens' mascot, Poe; the IronBirds' mascot, Ripcord; and Harford Community College's mascot, Screech.
A texting-while-driving simulator was also on-site for participants to try out to see what a dangerous combination texting while driving can be.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun