The National Police Week 5K, to be held on 11 May 2013 and commenced at 9:00 a.m., is nearing. Each year during National Police Week, people from all across the country show up in Washington, D.C., to set apace their feet and engage in the 5K road race in honor of those fallen peace officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the course of their duty.
This year’s annual National Police Week 5K is located at 601 4th Street, N.W., adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial, Washington, DC.
Implicit by its name, this marathon is one of many opportunities which comprises the planned events during National Police Week, with a wide-array of participants.
Held in May of each year during National Police Week, among other planned event aspects, is a 5K road race which wends throughout the streets of downtown Washington, D.C. Thousands of runners tune-up their bodies, lace their running shoes, stretch their muscle groups, and take a place among the throngs of like-minded free-spirit marathon-types who serpentine through D.C. streets.
Closed to vehicular traffic until the final runner crosses the finish line, the cornucopia of participants range from cops and firefighters, surviving spouses, political dignitaries, and your average runner, all of whom seek out such events and proudly run for the cause.
The National Police Week 5K road race is open to people of all ages. It is not uncommon to witness children, registration numbers fastened across their shirt’s front, winding down the streets with a parent and/or guardian.
The race, highlighting Heroes Behind the Badge, is in existence and hosted annually by the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) to “honor fallen law enforcement officers by raising awareness to the sacrifices officers make every day. The event raises money to support ODMP programs like No Parole for Cop Killers, Line of Duty Death Notifications, ODMP K9, Survivor Benefits Database, and research to uncover the stories of forgotten heroes. Funds are also donated to Concerns of Police Survivors to support important programs that assist survivors after the loss of a loved one, as delineated on the National Police Week site,” according to the ODMP website.
Last year, over 2200 entrants participated in this event; emotions soared, commemorations were rendered, more names were bandied about with respect for those fallen in the line of duty, and family survivors of fallen cops met and co-mingled with like-minded survivors.
The feeling in the air during this event resembles a unified effort to maintain and/or raise awareness of the significant perils our peace officers face on a daily basis, self-sacrificing on our behalf, and continued service with regards to public safety.
As National Police Week nears, let us not forget those who have perished so that we may live in a democratically-free society, with all its inherent benefits, including the essence of freely going about our lives with threat from others.
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