The Professional Law Enforcement Association Foundation is just 8 years old, but has already had a strong impact on the community. Through donations and fundraisers we are proving successful in living up to our mission, which is to provide support with training costs and equipment to law enforcement professionals, including K9 officers in need.
Our current initiative, and the goal of this 5k is to fundraise enough money to supply the local Police Departments with new bulletproof vests and other needed equipment for their K9 officers! Police Departments can spend upwards of $20,000 to train a K9 officer and handler, but sometimes don't have enough in the budget to protect these officers. This is where we step in to help protect them!
The I Support The K9s Color Run 5K will be the tenth 5K that the PLEA Foundation has run and we are excited to have everyone join us. Please come out and support law enforcement officers, they need it more now than ever.
Hello! Thank you for looking into The PLEA Foundation's I Support The K9s Color Run 5K.
The 5K will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday, June 3, 2023. We will be available for day-of registration and advance registration check-in at 8:30 am at the Hickory Grove Pavilion. 5K registration includes a T-shirt, medal, racing bib and refreshments. Sweatshirts, Sunglasses, Tote Bags and Support the K9 Officers bracelets will be able to purchase individually or packaged together at a discounted rate! Following the 5K, please join us for refreshments, photo opportunities and our raffle and 50/50 Drawing.
More information about this 5K is below:
- 8:30am- Day-of registration & Check-in begins
- 8:30-9:15am- Shop & Socialize with Vendors & Sponsors, PLEA Foundation Booth opens to sell 50/50 tickets, Raffle tickets, and Merchandise
- 8:45am: K9 Demonstrations and Photo Opportunities
- 9:15am- Announcements & Race line-up
- 9:30am- Walkers begin
- 9:40am- Runners begin
- 10:10-11:30am- Refreshment Booth opens, Photo Booth opens, Shop & Socialize with our Vendors & Sponsors
- 10:45am- Raffle and 50/50 Drawing
- 11:15am- Event Concludes
Course Info: The event will be ran on the paved path at River Bends Park.
There will be six color stations on the path, that will be patrolled by Color throwers who will douse you with several BEAUTIFUL colors!
Arrival Info: Please enter at the 22 Mile Entrance only, as the trails are not accessible from the Hamlin Rd. Entrance. You can park in the giant parking lot right next to the Hickory Grove Pavilion and the playground. Check-in and Registration will be in the Hickory Grove Pavilion.
Waivers & ID: Please sign your Waivers upon registration. If you did not sign one during registration or you were registered by someone else, please sign upon arrival during check-in. The Waiver MUST be signed in order to participate in the 5K. After you register, you should receive a Confirmation Email with a barcode. That barcode is personalized to you and will be scanned upon arrival at check-in. You can either print it out or show it on your phone.
What to wear: Feel free to wear whatever colors for the 5K, but white would be best to display all the beautiful color!
Packet pick-up: Packet Pick-ups will be available at our office in Rochester, MI on Friday, June 2nd from 9:30am-4pm. If you would like to pick up on Friday, PLEASE notify us within 24 hours before with your name(s) and scheduled pick-up time. T-Shirts are first-come, first serve for registrations after 5/6. T-shirt sizes are not guaranteed after 5/13. If you register and are not able to attend, please notify us if you would like to pick up your T-shirt, Medal & Event bag at our office no later than 6/30.
Does it cost money to enter River Bends Park? River Bends park does not have an entry fee, so it is free admission. There are two entrances into the park, and we ask everyone to enter at the 22 Mile and Shelby Rd. Entrance for this event.
Will this race be timed? This is a fun run for all ages and all levels, so there will be no timing at this event. If you would like to be timed, please feel free to time yourself!
Are children under 5 or strollers allowed? Yes! This event is family-friendly and we would love to have you! We ask children under the age of 5 to be in a stroller. The parents or legal guardian will have to sign a waiver for their child upon check-in. Strollers are also allowed on the path. We just ask to please be courteous to the runners on the path and let them run by you if they pass.
Are pets allowed? Gentle and well-mannered dogs are allowed to attend the event as long as they are on a leash at all times.
View sponsorship opportunities here.
View event flyer here.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at 248-554-3333 and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.
Need money for your department for your K9 unit or for training purposes? If you’re interested in hosting a fundraising event in conjunction with us for your department, please click the link below.Let Us Know!