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LPD's Foot Pursuit 5K for Heartford House back for second year

Did you know there's a way to run from the cops in a non-criminal way?

Posted: Feb. 15, 2019 7:11 AM
Updated: Feb. 15, 2019 7:35 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Lafayette Police Department is preparing for another foot pursuit. Foot Pursuit 5K that is.

Registration is now open for the second annual police-themed 3.1 mile run. It kicks off the morning of Saturday, April 13 at the SIA course. 

Organizers say the race strengthens the relationship between officers and the community, but its main goal is to raise money for The Heartford House.

"If a child is a victim of a crime or they witnessed a crime, they get interviewed at the Heartford House," said event organizer Specialist Ian O'Shields. "Then the Heartford House gives them resources and whatnot to get through the event."

Besides the 5K, there will also be a 1-mile fun run for kids, a kettle bell toss and many prizes to give out. O'Shields is excited for the prizes, which includes a 1-year membership to the new Lafayette Family YMCA. 

Lafayette police were able to give $11,000 to the Heartford House from last year's inaugural race. O'Shields was proud of the number, but knows it can raise more.

"I'm a pretty competitive guy, and I would love to double the numbers this year," said O'Shields. "We're all about the kids. It's just a great community outreach event where the community and the police can come together and build relationships.

 If you're looking to run from the cops in a non-criminal way,  you can register for the Foot Pursuit 5k here.

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