In memory of the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, Chief of Police Troy Riggs has announced the first annual Patriot 5K Fun Run/Walk. The event honors all of those in uniform who are first to respond in times of emergency, including all present and past members of the Armed Forces, Police Officers, Firefighters and Paramedics, Sheriff’s Deputies, Department of Public Safety Troopers, Constable’s Officers, and State and Federal Officers.
The Patriot 5K Fun Run & Walk will take place Saturday, September 10, 2011, at 7:30 a.m. at Sherrill Park, 222 S. Shoreline. The event is sponsored by Citizens in Support of the CCPD, a not-for-profit foundation whose mission is to create a safer Corpus Christi by strengthening the bond between the Corpus Christi Police Department and the citizens it serves.
Other sponsors include Ed Hicks Mercedes Nissan & Infinity, Bay Ltd., H.E.B., Stripes, CITGO, and the Corpus Christi Police Officer’s Association. Entry fees have been covered by the sponsors and participants will receive, t-shirts, sports towels, and water bottles, until the items run out.
A 9-11 tribute ceremony will take place at 7:45 a.m. and will include the Corpus Christi Veteran’s Band and the Patriot Guard Riders. The Patriot 5K Fun Run/Walk honorary starter will be Lieutenant General Marc Cisneros, U.S. Army, Retired.
Participants are also encouraged to bring along any tattered or torn American Flags. A local Boy Scout who is working on becoming an Eagle Scout will exchange American Flags for free and retire the older ones properly.
DeAnna McQueen, Special Projects Coordinator
Corpus Christi Police Department