JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - UPDATE: Almost 300 runners helped raise almost $4000 for the Special Olympics during Sunday's 9-11 Memorial Run. According to Aaron Webster, one of the organizers of the event, the total is impressive considering there wasn't a fee to take part in the run. All the money raised came from donations.
The 5th annual 9.11 run honoring our local emergency responders takes place this weekend.
This year's run is in honor of a Region 8 man who dedicated his life to being a public servant. Brian Malone, who passed away earlier this year, worked as a firefighter in Memphis. He also was a member of the Jonesboro Police Reserve where he also worked as a SWAT Medic for the Jonesboro Police Department SWAT Team.
Though the 9.11-mile run is free to take part in, event organizer Aaron Webster said donations are welcome.
"That's the big thing, we just want anybody to be able to join us," Webster said. "All the races normally have a sign-up fee of $20 to $30. Just showing your support is what this was about. If you couldn't pay the money, just show up, run and have fun with us anyway. It's not a competition, it's just a memorial run."
Organizer Terrell Jennings said the event has grown every year they've had it. This year, they're encouraging police officers and firefighters to come out. Whichever group has a larger crowd wins a trophy.
"We were just kind of putting the 2 hours of our time aside to say hey this is kind of our appreciation for what everyone has done," Jennings said. "This year, we're kicking it up a little bit more.
Webster said since Malone was active in Make-A-Wish and The Special Olympics, any and all donations raised this weekend will go toward the Special Olympics.
You can register for the race up until the day it happens.
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