Harford Community College will host the third annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Walk/Run Nov 12. The event honors the memory of Heather L. Hurd, a history major at Harford Community College from 1999 to 2003, who was killed in 2008 by a distracted driver who was texting.
On-site race registration takes place at the Chesapeake Center Dining Rooms from 7 to 7:45 a.m., with the race, on a USA Track and Field Certified Course, starting at 8 a.m.
The walk/run was established by the Hurd Family and Harford Community College in 2009 to raise money for book scholarships for HCC students and for programs that bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving. The event also acknowledges the critical work of first responders—fire, police and ambulance personnel.
The registration fee is $20 per person and $10 for those under 18 years of age accompanied by a registered adult. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and refreshments after the race. Awards will be presented based on age groups and final times. Participants may pre-register for the race by visiting http://www.harford.edu/heather.
For those unable to walk or run but would like to participate, donations may be made to sponsor a participant running or walking in the race, or an outright donation may be made by visiting http://www.harford.edu/heather .
"Nearly 5,500 of our loved ones are killed each year because of distracted drivers," Russell Hurd, Heather's father, said in a press release. "My family knows firsthand the pain of losing someone in an accident that could have been prevented. With the third annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Walk/Run at Harford Community College, my hope is that the students we honor with book scholarships will help us change our culture and stop distracted driving."
Last year, approximately 200 people participated in the walk/run, raising more than $18,000. Forty book scholarships have been given to students over the past two years.
Also taking place at the walk/run will be a raffle of a Joe Flacco-signed helmet. Tickets cost $1 each or six for $5 and may be purchased at the race on Nov. 12.
Sponsors of the walk/run are C&S Wholesale Grocers, 103.7 WXCY Radio, Kollman & Saucier, P.A., Law Offices of Jason Turchin, The Kent Schwab Agency, Chili's Bel Air, B. Michael & Sons Business Trust,