Officers Run in the Police Benevolent Foundation’s 2nd Annual Race for the Fallen Half Marathon

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The 2nd Annual Race for the Fallen Half Marathon to benefit the Police Benevolent Foundation will be held on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at Red Top Mountain State Park. The Race for the Fallen Half Marathon was created to honor the brave men and women who risk their lives every day to protect our families, and it is a tribute to the officers who gave their lives to protect our community. The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. exists to help the law enforcement officers and their families restore normalcy after a tragedy.

Officer Dean Ray with his K-9 Nitro

Officer Dean Ray with his K-9 Nitro

“It’s a good thing to do in memory of all of the fallen officers. I feel a sense of duty to run for those families that have lost,” Ray said.

The 2nd Annual Race for the Fallen Half Marathon to benefit the Police Benevolent Foundation will be held on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at Red Top Mountain State Park. The Race for the Fallen Half Marathon was created to honor the brave men and women who risk their lives every day to protect our families, and it is a tribute to the officers who gave their lives to protect our community. The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. exists to help the law enforcement officers and their families restore normalcy after a tragedy.

Officer Dean Ray heard about the Race for the Fallen on Facebook and this will be his first half marathon at 37 years old. He has been a police officer for 16 years with the Knoxville Tennessee Police Department.

“It’s a good thing to do in memory of all of the fallen officers. I feel a sense of duty to run for those families that have lost,” Ray said.

Sadly, each year more than 140 officers leave for work and do not return home to the families who love and support them. The reasons vary – they may be involved in an auto accident; they may be killed in an incident with a criminal; they may have performed a routine traffic stop to ticket a speeder or responded to a domestic dispute that took a deadly turn. Regardless of the reason, the harsh reality is that the men and women of our local police departments who have chosen to accept the honor of protecting our communities often face deadly consequences that leave their families in dire straits. When we lose a member of the police force, we lose an experienced, trained hero who gave his or her life to protect the community. When we lose an officer – a family loses a husband, a wife, a sister or brother... a child loses a father or a mother.

Donald Langdon, age 63, is also running in the Race for the Fallen this year. Donald has been a police officer since 1979. He retired from the Atlanta Police Department in March 2005 and is currently working for the Wrightsville Police Department. He heard about the race from the PBA’s newsletter. Donald has been running since 1973. He has done many half marathons and marathons, as well as longer distances.

“I have lost a number of good friends in the line of duty. I am doing this in memory of those officers. I am running for Officer Greg Davis who was shot in the line of duty and Officer Greg Landis who was hit by a drunk driver on his way to work,” said Langdon.

So whether this is your first marathon or your fifteenth, or you are 37 or 63 there are many reasons to run. Officer Dean Ray and Officer Donald Langdon offer advice to those that plan to run the race and those that are considering running.

“It’s not as hard as you think,” Ray said. He has been training using a schedule that prepares him to run his first half marathon.

“Running in this race gives me an opportunity to represent law enforcement officers and show that I’m capable of doing the impossible. Whether you run or walk, do it to the utmost. Push yourself to the limit and you will surprise yourself,” said Langdon.

Race for the Fallen Details:

Registration Fee: $65 before September 15th or $75 on race day.

Runners can register on-site the day of the race at 6:30 AM. However, the registration fee will be increased the day of the race.

T-Shirts: Event t-Shirts are included with registration and extras will be sold the day of the race. Participants can pick up shirts during check-in beginning at 6:30 AM on race day. Additional shirts will be available for purchase during the event.

Finisher Medals: Each runner that completes the race will receive a limited edition finisher medal to commemorate their achievement. Medals will be handed out as racers cross the finish line.

Race Information: The Race for the Fallen will begin at 8:00 AM. The starting point will be near the Iron Hill trail. Check-in and late registration will begin at 6:30 AM the morning of the race. Parking will be available throughout the park and race vicinity. Additional parking information will be posted at a later date.

Timing System: Runners will be timed using the MYLAPS BibTag disposal chip system.

The race is managed by the Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. and the PBA of Georgia, Inc.

Awards: First three males overall; First three females overall; First three finishers by age groups (both sexes):14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60- 64, 65-69, 70-98, and 99 and over. Awards will also be given to the first three law enforcement officers to finish –male and female.

You can register for the Race for the Fallen by going to http://www.raceforthefallen.com.

Please visit our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raceforthefallen.

The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization established by the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (SSPBA) in 2005. Established in 1987, the SSPBA has been serving its membership for 20 years. The SSPBA is not a union. It is an independent association with no national or international affiliations. The Foundation has a Board of Directors elected by the membership of the SSPBA. Foundation expenses are currently absorbed by Southern States PBA, making the Foundation one of very few such entities that gives 100% of the funds received to its intended purpose.

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