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Fourth annual Law Enforcement 10-78 5k to raise 'benevolent funds' for four Grand Forks area police departments

The Law Enforcement 10-78 5k will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, on the Greenway.

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Runners walk, jog and sprint down the Greenway path during Thursday's YMCA Firecracker 10K and 5K Walk/Run. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

In police "10-codes," the codes officers use to quickly convey status reports, 10-78 means "officer in need of assistance."

That's the idea behind the fourth annual Law Enforcement 10-78 5k fun run in Grand Forks, which will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, Aug. 14, on the Greenway. The 5k will raise funds for local law enforcement officers in need of financial help.

Officers from the Grand Forks Police Department, East Grand Forks Police Department, Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office and Polk County Sheriff's Office will be eligible to use the funds, Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said. Proceeds will be divided equally among the four organizations.

"They're all earmarked for the benevolent funds of those organizations," Zimmel said. "In other words, if the officer or an officer's family is in some type of crisis, financial, medical, etc., these are the funds that they can tap into in order to help out."

"So if it's a sick child, whether it's an officer killed or injured in the line of duty, that's when these funds come into play," he said.


This year's event will be similar to events in past years, Zimmel said.

The 5k will start near the Lower Riverboat Road parking lot just north of Sorlie Bridge, where a number of local vendors and several emergency services vehicles will be set up. Attendees can expect a number of law enforcement demonstrations, including a K9 demonstration and, depending on equipment availability, possibly an appearance from a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter.

Food vendors will also be set up nearby at the Town Square Farmers Market.

Online registration for the event is closed, but in-person registration is still open during packet pickup from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 12-13, at See Dick Run located at 28 S. Third St. in Grand Forks. There will also be limited in-person registration at the event.

Awards will be given to first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers for men and women, although Zimmel emphasized that the run is a family event and isn't intended as a competitive race. People also can to participate virtually, although they won't be eligible for awards.

Zimmel said they don't have any particular financial target for the event. In past years, the 5k has raised roughly a couple thousand dollars per organization.

Every little bit helps, however, he said.

"It's truly about the officers or their families with unexpected expenses at a time of crisis," he said.

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