The Howard County Police Foundation Police Pace 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run raised approximately $50,000, a new record for the 22-year-old event.
According to co-chairs Kyri Jacobs and Cpl. Perry Thorsvik, the Sept. 8 event at Centennial Park in Ellicott City outpaced the 2012 run, which set the previous record of approximately $30,000.
"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 Police Pace is the largest fundraiser by the nonprofit Howard County Police Foundation. Jacobs said the majority of the money raised benefits families of Howard County police officers injured or killed in the line of duty. Since the event began, two Howard County officers have died. In 2007, Cpl. Scott Wheeler was killed after being struck by a car during a traffic stop. In 1994, Recruit Ofc. Roger D. Cassell Jr. died following a training exercise at the academy.
Howard police chief Bill McMahon said the run was 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 added that the 1,018 participants, as well as corporate sponsorships, are integral to the success of the event, and, in turn, the department.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said the event symbolizes the broad 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 address to the crowd, Ulman remarked on the county's recent accolades for its high standard of living, most notably being named by CNN and Money Magazine as a top 10 community in the nation. Ulman noted, as he has on other occasions, the role of police in that achievement.
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