By Elaine Rackley
The Henry County Sheriff's Office is working to find financial resources to help researchers find a cure for cancer.
The department is registering walkers and runners for the "Deputy Dash 5K" race around Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS), located at 1500 Tara Place in Hampton. The 3.1 mile race is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, at 8 a.m., with a check-in time of 7 a.m.
"We have noticed more people becoming involved in running," said Sgt. David Cody, of the Henry County Sheriff's Office. "We feel this will be a great way to raise money and get people active."
Registration for the event is $20 per person. Each runner will receive a free T-shirt for participating. Children, who are 10, and under, can run for free. However, they are not eligible to receive a free T-shirt.
"We are encouraging local schools that have running teams to register for the race," Sgt. Cody said. Corporate teams, small business teams, church teams, and others., are invited to sign up as groups, said Cody.
So far, 45 people have registered, he added.
"We would like to see as many people as we can get," said the sergeant. "All proceeds from 'Deputy Dash 5K' will benefit The American Cancer Society Relay for Life," he said.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life program is composed of teams camping out at local high schools, parks, or fairgrounds, and taking turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are overnight events, up to 24 hours in length. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, raise funds and awareness, to save lives from cancer, according to the Relay For Life web site.
The Deputy Dash 5K race will include a fun run, added Cody, who is one of the organizers of the event. " ... People, who do not want to run, but want to just come out and have a good time, can walk in the Fun Run," he said.
Following the activities, organizers are offering free refreshments and music for the runners/walkers. "Deputy Dash 5K" is a means by which the sheriff's staff can meet and greet those they serve, said Cody, who is the Henry County Sheriff's Office's special response team commander.
"We want to get the community involved with law enforcement and get law enforcement involved in the community, while raising money for charities in the process," he explained. "There are three reasons people normally interact with us, that's when they are going to jail, going to court, or going to the hospital."