September 16 – You can take part in a race that was designed to honor a fallen member of law enforcement in Decatur.
The Robin Vogel Memorial 5K was created three years ago by Pat Smith of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and others after bouncing around ideas of how to honor Decatur Police Department Officer Robin Vogel who was killed in the line of duty in 2005.
Smith talks about why they decided to create the event.
“We didn’t want her legacy and her sacrifice, which was the ultimate sacrifice, to go on where people didn’t know who she was and didn’t know what happened to her,” says Smith. “So this idea sparked out of a way to honor and remember her.”
The event is family friendly and there will be prizes and awards given out for the top male and female runners in each age group and there will be a free kids run. If you bring your child down, 10 and under, register them on race day they’ll get a free t-shirt, Gatorade and fruit snacks.
Signups for adults are $25 and that includes a long sleeve t-shirt, a finisher’s medal and post race beverages.
The Robin Vogel Memorial Scholarship was also created as a way to honor the officer. It’s a $5,000 scholarship given out to one senior each year that have an interest in pursuing law enforcement.
Smith says you can register up to 9:45am the day of but you aren’t guaranteed a shirt on day of registration.
The race is October 1st at the Beach House and runs through Nelson Park. Pre-race registration is from 8am-9:45 there will also be a K-9 demonstration at 9:30am. To register online you can click here.