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Kentucky State Police Foundation to Host 5K Run
Kentucky Ag Connection - 06/21/2022

The Kentucky State Police Foundation (KSPF) is welcoming all runners and walkers to participate in the first annual 'Run to Remember 5K', a fundraiser that pays tribute to KSP's fallen units that have made the ultimate sacrifice. The event will occur on Sept. 10 at the KSP Training Academy in Frankfort.

KSP has 37 fallen units that died in the line-of-duty, and 47 percent of those line-of-duty deaths have stemmed from vehicle-related collisions. To increase officer safety on roadways, the KSP Foundation is undertaking the largest capital project in its history to build a new driver training skills pad.

"One line-of-duty death is too many, and the KSP Foundation wants to be a part of the solution to give current and future troopers and officers the best training to succeed," said Executive Director Hank Patton. "The Foundation is proud to support the agency and its employees through events such as this one, and we hope the community participates in increasing officer safety."

The project will be a 400 x 600-foot driver training skills pad located at the KSP Training Academy in Frankfort. Currently, KSP uses other agency facilities, with some being located out-of-state to conduct driver training and low-speed vehicle techniques. The new skills pad will be used for current and future KSP troopers and officers to receive day-to-day in-service training, cadet vehicle training, and mandated vehicle driving training.

"To have the first Kentucky State Police driver training skills pad makes our agency better and keeps our Troopers and fellow Kentuckians safer," said KSP Academy Commander Captain Shawn Darby. "Having this facility on site would allow the basics of emergency driving to be taught over time and at a slower pace. This will give Troopers more time behind the wheel with quality instruction. The Academy Branch is grateful the Kentucky State Police Foundation sees the need and is taking on this monumental task."

'Run to Remember' 5K will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at the KSP Training Academy at 380 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort, KY 40601. The race begins at 8:30 A.M. (ET). The top three winners in each age group will receive an award. The age groups include under 13, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and over 60.

Individuals interested in participating in the 'Run to Remember' 5K race can register online now for early bird pricing at $30.00/person. Regular registration pricing will begin on August 2, 2022, at $35.00/person. To register, visit the event's website. Individuals may register the day of the race on Saturday, September 10, beginning at 6:30 A.M. (ET). All runners who register prior to August 8, 2022, will receive a special race t-shirt. All other participants will receive a swag bag and a finisher's medal on the day of the event.

To view a map of the course, please visit the event's website. If individuals have questions regarding the event, please email renee.wagner@ky.gov.

The KSPF was established in 2015 and is currently seeking community partners and organizations who wish to collaborate with the agency to achieve its mission.

For more information about the KSPF, please visit our website at https://kspfoundation.org/ or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kspfoundation.


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