As her second time to run the race, Paris Police Detective Ronnica Blake is lacing her running shoes tightly, getting ready for the third annual Lamar County Adopt-A-Cop 5K this Saturday.
After running the 5K her first time, Blake said she’s gearing up for this year’s and prepared for the previous one as if it were in a bigger city — Dallas or New York.
“It was pretty tough, the first time,” Blake said. “I had worked up to it, because that was my goal as soon as I heard about it. I think it was in February I had started preparing, and I ran about every day trying to get prepared to run the 3.5 miles. I thought it was great to acknowledge officers and show how we support each other.”
As her first run with the 5K, Blake said she came in first in her age division at about 26 minutes.
“Having the 5K helps show we are everyday people, but it’s going to take a lot more than that,” Blake said. “Most people don’t see us as being normal people, and that to me is really odd. A lot of times, I use the example ‘I can make mistakes just like you, because I am human.’ I’m just like you, I just decided to become an officer and try to make a difference.”
Blake said not only will law enforcement officer run in the race, but other people who support them are also set to run.
“It shows us working together as a community for the same outcome,” Blake said. “We have a lot of support out there.”
The Lamar County Adopt-A-Cop 5K starting line will be filled with runners, walkers and cyclists Saturday at 8 a.m. at Reno Police Department, 160 Blackburn St. in Reno.
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