5K race honors Trooper Manion
Posted: March 18, 2014
The Winchester Star
Winchester — Given how much Virginia State Trooper Kevin C. Manion loved running and serving the community, a 5K in his honor has always seemed a fitting tribute, organizers say.
Now in its sixth year, the Trooper Manion Memorial 5K and Kids Mile serves as a remembrance of an officer killed in the line of duty while also raising money for community projects he would have been behind, said Jay Perry, special agent with the state police and one of the founders.
“With the way he loved running, physical fitness, and being outdoors, he would be very supportive,” said Perry, of Frederick County.
Manion, 27, was killed Feb. 18, 2006, while investigating a single-vehicle crash on Frogtown Road in Clarke County, he said. A stolen rifle inside the truck being towed after the accident discharged, striking Manion in the chest. He died shortly after being airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital.
The races will be held Saturday at the Winchester Regional Airport, 491 Airport Road. Registration is at 7 a.m., the 5K at 8 a.m., and the kids race immediately after. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the Kids race. Proceeds benefit local high school scholarships and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Youth Camp.
The race has grown steadily since 2009, when Perry and special agent Si Schiavone started it to honor their fallen co-worker. They all worked out of the Area 13 office in Winchester when Manion died.
Manion’s family always attends the race, and several family members usually run in it, Perry said.
The race is undergoing a transition this year as Investigator Jared Nail and Deputy Travis Mitchell with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office take over as race coordinators; both are involved in the youth camp. This is the second year for the camp to be a beneficiary of the 5K.
The weeklong overnight camp in August is free for the middle school students who attend, Nail said. All of the counselors are sheriff’s office employees.
“It is a good experience for law enforcement to be involved with area youth to give them a positive perception of law enforcement,” said Nail, of Frederick County. “I have been a counselor since 2009 and I feel like it’s one of the most rewarding things I do with the sheriff’s office.”
Two $1,000 scholarships will also be awarded to high school students at Millbrook and James Wood High schools who are interested in a career in law enforcement, Nail said. The 2013 recipients of the two scholarships were from Handley and Sherando high schools.
“We would love to do all the schools every year if we raise enough money,” he said, adding last year’s total was about $4,000.
The 5K course is a good race for beginners because it is relatively flat, Nail said. The 2009 race was his introduction to running as a hobby and he has done it every year since. “If you are new to running, it is a good course to cut your teeth on.”
This will be the second year for the kids race, which open to ages 6 to 12 and is sponsored by Runners’ Retreat in Winchester, Perry said. It’s a way to involve younger children not ready for a 5K. Awards will be given to the top two males and females in three age categories.
While there is no ceremony or speeches during the race, there will be a slideshow running of photos of Manion, Nail said. Organizers hope seeing Manion’s pictures will remind the public not only of him but other officers who died in the line of duty. There will also be a slideshow with pictures from the youth camp.
“We want people to be more familiar with whom and what they are supporting,” he said.
The state police, and Winchester and Frederick County sheriff’s offices will help with traffic control for the event, he said.
The sixth annual Trooper Manion Memorial 5K and Kids Mile will be held Saturday at the Winchester Regional Airport, 491 Airport Road. Registration is at 7 a.m., the 5K at 8 a.m., and the kids race immediately after. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the kids race. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to troopermanion5k.com.
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