Owensboro Police Department is bringing it’s annual Owensboro Run from the Cops 5K Run/Walk back on April 27. This will be the seventh year of the event.
According to OPD Public Information Officer Andy Boggess, proceeds from the race go to support the D.A.R.E. program, Camp K.O.P.S. (Kids Obtaining Positive Structure) and other special events throughout the community.
“Camp K.O.P.S. is an annual week-long camp where we take elementary aged kids to Camp Schafer,” Boggess said. “Officers get to act as counselors and the kids get a chance to play games, do crafts, fish, canoe and many other activities many of the kids many not get a chance to experience.”
Race participants can dress in a cop or a robber costume and special prizes will be awarded after the race. Rolling Pin Pastry Shop will be providing free doughnuts to participants.
The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Owensboro Police Department, located at 222 East 9th St.
The adult 5K registration is $25 but increases after April 24. The youth 5K registration is $15 and increases after April 24. Register here by April 14 to be guaranteed an “I ran from the cops” T-shirt.
Participants can also register on race day from 7 to 8 a.m. The cost is $30 per adult and $20 per youth the day of. Pre-race packet pick-up is April 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at OPD.
Awards will be given to the top three in each age division and overall male and female.
Following the race, OPD will present it’s 14th Annual Police Awareness Day, a free event for the public.
Tours of OPD will be offered, along with K-9 demonstrations, equipment displays by the Emergency Response Team, Hazardous Device Unit and Evidence Collection Unit.
There will also be a prescription drug drop box to dispose of expired and unused medications, Boggess said.
Local area first responders will also be providing demonstrations and food and drinks will be provided at the event.
“Events like Police Awareness Day are a chance for us to interact with the community in a positive way and for citizens to get a chance to learn more about the police department and also a chance to get to know officers in a casual way,” Boggess said.