The second annual Run for Ike 5k is tomorrow, Saturday, May 12. Alan and I will again be volunteering our time, he as the announcer, me as, well, as whatever they want me to do. Last year I did the timing, but the event has grown beyond what an individual can do, and the organizers wisely decided to hire a real timing company.
The inaugural event, held in May last year, was planned and organized in less than a month, after police K-9 Ike was killed in the line of duty. The goal was to raise $6,000 to purchase and train another K-9 officer for the Palm Springs Police Force. In the end, over $15,000 dollars was raised! K-9 officer Kane is now on duty with his handler, Officer Calantuano. He’s already made his first arrest!
This year, with a much longer planning window, organizer Molly Thorpe hopes for an even larger turnout for the race. The proceeds will continue to assist the K-9 unit of the Palm Springs Police Force, plus a portion of the funds will be donated to the Guide Dogs of the Desert, a wonderful organization that provides companion guide dogs to the blind and sight impaired.
I hope that if you are in the desert area, you will think about coming out and supporting this event. Race day registration is available and the race itself starts at 8:00. And if you’re not close by, just take a few moments to think about our K-9 (and canine) protectors and how they are happy and proud to put their lives on the line for us.
2011 Race Report: Run for Ike
Run for Ike Banquet: A New Hero