The “5K for JK” will be held Sunday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Maryland State Police Academy, 6852 4th St. in Sykesville, Md. Registration is available at www.5KforJK.eventbrite.com. A $25 donation is requested. Runners will be eligible for raffle prizes that include Ravens tickets, dinners and gifts from area restaurants and businesses.
All funds raised through the 5K for JK will go to assist Trooper Jacqueline Kline and her family with expenses related to her recovery, according to a State Police news release.
In the early morning hours of October
6, Trooper Kline was struck by a passing car as she was backing
up another trooper on a traffic stop on Rt. 100 in Anne Arundel County.
Trooper Kline was walking on the shoulder of the road when she was hit.
She was propelled into the back of the K-9 trooper’s car she had
stopped to assist. She struck the back windshield and metal K-9 cage
inside the car. She landed in a ditch near the highway shoulder, police report.
Kline is still being treated at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center where she is listed in serious condition. Her doctors see continuing improvement in her condition and remain optimistic. Despite the optimism, police say Trooper Kline will have a long road to recovery. Many of the expenses for her and her family will not be covered by insurance, according to a news release.
Her fellow troopers say they want to
provide Trooper Kline with financial backup and have created this run in
an effort to help.
The State Police new release said that "Trooper Kline is known as an outstanding athlete and a passionate runner. She was part of the Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics while a recruit in the State Police Academy. The 5K run will cover a course run by Trooper Kline and other State Police recruits while completing the six-month training to become a state trooper."
The race course will have flat and hilly segments. Parking is free and on-site. Race packets will be distributed on-site beginning at 8 a.m. on Nov. 10.
In addition to runners, race organizers are seeking the assistance of donors and volunteers. To help, or for more information, contact 5KforJK@gmail.com. The 5K for JK Facebook community can be found at http://www.facebook.com/5KforJK.