Inaugural Run From the Law 5K raises funds for charity
Article and photos by Jeannie Briones
Tulalip police officers “chase ” civilians for a good cause. Nine volunteer police officers from Tulalip and the surrounding area joined 75runners of all ages in the first annual Run From the Law 5K charity event, which began at the Tulalip Amphitheatre on September 16th. . Runners paid $25 to participate in the race, raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“Our goal is to raise $2,500 for the Make a Wish Foundation because they do wonderful things for the kids, such as sending a family to Disneyland for a dream vacation,” said Tory Klementsen, owner of Journey Fitness, a sponsor for the race.
Participants arrived at the Amphitheater to cold overcast weather, but the conditions didn’t damper their spirits. Runners eagerly waited for the sound of a buzzer to start the race, and in flash, they faded away in the distance. Tulalip police officers gave the citizens a five minute head start before “chasing” them down to the finish line.
The first runner to beat the police to the finish line was Ken Jones, who after catching his breath, expressed he was glad to be a part of this fundraiser because the efforts are going to a good cause. The first police officer to cross the finish line was Seattle South Precinct police officer Nate Shopay.
This event was sponsored by North Sound Physical Therapy, RoadID and Journey Fitness. These sponsors donated their time and resources, along with items for raffle give away, which included cool items such as hats, backpacks, gift cards, and boot camp certificates. Medals were presented to the top-placing runners, and Officer Shopay received a medal for being the first officer to cross the finish line.
It was a great turnout for a good cause. For more information on the Run From the Law 5K, including race results got to www.runfromthelaw5k.com.