5K honors fallen heroes

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Colors of the Cross 5K was held in Jonesboro on Saturday and was a special event for several different reasons.

The race was at Craighead Forrest Park and purposefully planned for Easter weekend.

"This is a color run," said race director Dan Ring.  "Each color represented something in the scripture."

However, according to Ring, the event had additional meaning that came after it was organized.

Several runners participated in the race while honoring the lives of fallen heroes.

"The one thing that was not planned is that we are honoring five individuals who have given their life in service to this country," said Ring.

The organization Flags for the Fallen began the movement which has been happening at races across the nation.

Ring said five individuals ran the 5K while carrying flags in honor of fallen military or police officers.

Sergeant Chad Mason with the Trumann Police department ran in memory of an officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty.

"We had Jonathan Schmidt that was killed in the line of duty," said Mason. "So, running this race meant a lot to me because I ran it in remembrance of him."

As Mason crossed the finish line, he knelt and said a prayer in honor of Schmidt.

The proceeds from the race will benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center and a donation will also be made to Flags for the Fallen.

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