FIGHT TO THE FINISH — Race participants sprint for the finish line, during last year’s event. This year’s race will be held on June 15.
BOSTON — The Trooper David Brinkerhoff Memorial Race and efforts of the foundation organized in his name have grown, to recognize the New York state trooper’s passing in April 2007.
“It’s been a good process for us, a way of dealing and giving back. And the town and so many people have been supportive,” said Brinkerhoff’s brother, Mike Brinkerhoff, a teacher and cross country coach at Lake Shore High School. “Whether they knew David, know me or my family, local groups have been great.”
The Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff Foundation, along with Brunner’s Eatery, of Boston, will be hosting a 5K race and walk, a Kid’s Fun Run and last year’s newly-added 10K race on Saturday, June 15 at the Boston Town Park.
The event will benefit a local $1,000 scholarship that is given to a Hamburg High School senior, help send youth from economically disadvantaged families to camps and provide money to the Special Olympics of New York. So far, the foundation has given $20,000 to the Special Olympics.
The foundation was also organized with a stated goal of providing financial assistance to law enforcement and emergency responders, community organizations involved in youth sports, including Boston Recreation, and families with a family member who has special needs.
When Brinkerhoff was shot and killed, in the line of duty six years ago, at the age of 29, he left behind a 7-month-old daughter with Down Syndrome. She is now 7 years old.
“It’s a nice way to remember him and honor him,” said Mike Brinkerhoff, who organizes the event, along with his wife Laurie, brother Dan Brinkerhoff and mother, Karen Howard. “It’s such a small community; it’s a great opportunity to be able to give back to it.”
The day will begin with a Kid’s Fun Run, for athletes ages 6 years old and younger, and a half-mile cross country race, for kids ages 12 and younger, in the park at 9:30 a.m. The 5K and 10K races and walk will begin at 10 a.m.
The course will wind along Eighteenmile Creek on Back Creek Road and will return to the park for food and drinks and awards, for top finishers. Awards will also be given to winners of the 5K team challenge in the law enforcement and fire/rescue categories.
Tyler Shaw, this year’s recipient of the Hamburg High School scholarship, will be the ceremonial guest and blow the horn to start the race. Four youth from two families will receive scholarships to camps, this summer.
Dan Brinkerhoff, an Erie County sheriff investigator, brought in law enforcement and emergency responders to assist, at the event. Helicopters and armored vehicles will also be present, for attendees to check out.
“People come out just for the fun and activities and to make a day out of it,” said Mike Brinkerhoff, who added that he expects more than 500 registered participants, with more bringing their children, for the other activities. “Boston is only so big, so to maintain this, you have to have people come back to it and they have. It’s a nice community day.”
The foundation will also host the first movie night at Boston Town Hall, the evening of July 18. As part of the event, “The Lorax” will be shown and concessions will be served, by local organizations.
For more information on the foundation, visit trooperbrinkerhoff.com
. For more information on the race, visit www.brink5k.com