The Steve Meredith 5K Fun Run to benefit Sgt. Steve Meredith, who was injured in the line of duty, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Cielo Grande, 1612 W. College Blvd. The race will encompass two loops or trails. The first track is about 1 mile long while the second is 2 miles. Runners will follow the first smaller path and end with the large track.
Amanda Mason, whose husband is a police officer, said: “Sometimes, people forget just how dangerous this job can be.”
Meredith was on duty at the time he was injured on Oct. 21, 2013. He was helping to barricade a section of Hwy. 285 while officials conducted an investigation, when a commercial vehicle plowed into another vehicle, which was legally stopped at the road block, killing the driver whose truck then careened into the median strip and hit the Roswell Police Department sergeant. Meredith was flown out of state for treatment. His condition was listed as critical. However, he is on the mend.
“It’s not just the financial support; it’s the emotional support. It is a way to thank the law enforcement community for the work they do and the sacrifices they make every day.”
Pre-registration cards appeared on Dec. 27, and the response has been good. A total of 65 people have already paid their registration fees for the Fun Run. Mason said she has received inquiries from people in Santa Fe, Hobbs and Eddy County. She estimates that there may be 150 participants on the day of the race. The cost for those who pre-register is $20, for those who register “at the door” is $25.
“We will hold a bake sale with baked goods made by police officers’ wives and coffee donated by Starbucks,” she said.
Mason has already held two pre-registration events at Pecos Flavor Winery and Hair by Heather.
“People can pay by check, cash or credit card,” she said. For those who missed the registration events, there are a number of different ways to sign up, including online at active.com. The site is easy to find on any search engine at Sgt. Steve Meredith 5k Fun Run | ACTIVE. The online option is credit card only and includes an additional $3.95 processing fee.
Registration cards are available at the Roswell Police Department and Neighborhood Watch. While the cards give a Jan. 3 deadline, Mason is flexible, saying people can e-mail her or register “at the door.”
The Fun Run will also have a 50:50 raffle with cash prize, 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the raffle’s winner and the other 50 percent will go to Sgt. Meredith. The raffle tickets are a dollar each or six tickets for $5. “You don’t have to be present to win the raffle,” she said.
The Fun Run will have first and second prizes for both men and women runners. Mason said they will also have door prizes all donated by businesses around town, such as a free haircut from Hair by Heather, a free manicure also provided by Hair by Heather; two months free membership at Crossfit Vision, Big Five gift cards and a seamless faucet complete with installation from Fergie’s Plumbing. Donovan-Fulkerson Photography is offering a free portrait session which normally costs $200 or a free Glam session ($300).
Mason and her husband, a recent graduate of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, are recent transplants from Michigan. She is happy to become involved in the community that has become their adoptive home. “I’ve gotten tremendous support with this.”
The times of “package pick-up” for participants to obtain their racing bibs and their gift certificates include: Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hair by Heather, 111 E. Third St., and on Saturday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Cielo Park.
For those whose idea of running consists of an enthusiastic meander, or sitting on the sidelines and cheering a favorite runners, there are other ways of contributing to this cause — such as direct donations. Mason said 100 percent of all these cash donations go to Meredith to help pay for his medical expenses.
For more information, contact Mason at 734-536-8727 or e-mail Meredith5kFunRun@outlook.com.