The Fort Myers Police Department has scheduled its 6th annual Cops & Joggers 5K and Family Fun Night for Saturday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the waterfront at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers.
Benefitting fallen police officers and firefighters, this year's event takes place during the evening with the glow of first responders' lights lining the race path. The event also includes a DJ, silent auction, food vendors and a children's fun area with bounce houses and family activities.
"Our goal for this year's race is to have 716 runners, each representing an officer who was killed in the line of duty over the past five years since we have hosted this event," said Fort Myers Police Lt. Jeffrey Bernice. "It is an honor that we run for the memories of these fallen warriors who have made the ultimate sacrifice."
Beginning at 7:45 p.m., the 3.1-mile run begins and ends at Centennial Park and will cross the Edison Bridge. Participating joggers can download a race brochure with a registration card by visiting the FMPD website at www.fmpolice.com, or register online with the Fort Myers Track Club at www.ftmyerstrackclub.com.
The early registration fee is $20 per adult and $15 per youth, 17 years old or younger, on or before Sept. 26. Fees increase to $25 per person on Sept. 27 and $30 per person on race day for all participants.
Tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities are available from $150 to $1,000. Sponsorships should be reserved no later than Sept. 1.
The Fort Myers Cops & Joggers 5K was first established in 2008 to assist the family of officer Andrew Widman who was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 18, 2008. Proceeds from this event will benefit the FMPD Fallen Officers Memorial Fund and The Brotherhood Ride. Both organizations aid the families of fallen police officers and firefighters who have been injured or killed in the line of duty.
For more information about the event, contact Lt. Bernice at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-321-7698.