Photo: Don Howard/Plymouth Eagle
Dedication ceremony October 17, 2013. The First Responders Memorial contains the names of the police, fire and EMS personnel from Wayne County communities who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Sep. 29, 2015 PLYMOUTH EAGLE.
Plymouth Michigan News
Wayne County Parks, in partnership with Running Fit, is hosting the 3rd Annual Heroes on Hines Half Marathon and 5K Run on Saturday, Oct. 3. Proceeds from the annual race will support and maintain the First Responders Memorial in Hines Park located at the corner of Hines Drive and Haggerty Road in Plymouth Township.
Built in 2013, the First Responders Memorial contains the names of the police, fire and EMS personnel from Wayne County communities who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The memorial includes monuments, seat walls, concrete walkways, a paver plaza, site furnishings, and special lighting. The Heroes on Hines Half Marathon and 5K Run will start and finish at the memorial site.
“I know what a place like the First Responders Memorial means to the families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. “The men and women represented on the wall were true heroes who made great sacrifices and encountered great risks to ensure all of our safety. To honor them in this way is not enough, but this memorial shows that we are grateful for their bravery in service and most importantly it shows that they have not been forgotten. The Heroes on Hines Half Marathon and 5K Run is an opportunity for us to support them in remembrance.”
Last year, the Heroes on Hines Half Marathon and 5K Run raised $10,000 for the First Responders Memorial. Improvements to the memorial included a video security system and new American, Wayne County, and State of Michigan flags.
Participants can register online at www.heroesonhines.com or in person at the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center, located at 33175 Ann Arbor Trail in Westland. The center is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturdays. Online registration for the Half Marathon and the 5K Run will be accepted until noon on Oct. 1. After noon Oct. 1, participants must register in person.
Entry fees include a technical race shirt, drawstring backpack, post race food and finisher’s medal for all participants.
The Half Marathon begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 3. The registration fee is $59 through Oct. 1 and $70 after that date.
The 5K Run” begins at 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 3. The registration fee is $34 until noon Oct. 1. After than time, registration will be $40.
Participants can also compete for the chance to win the Community Spirit Award. This award is awarded to the largest group that registers to participate together in either the Heroes on Hines Half Marathon or the 5K Run. Last year, the Sumpter Township Police Department took home the Community Spirit Award.
Sponsors for the 2015 Heroes on Hines event include Running Fit Events, Observer & Eccentric Media, Lou LaRiche Chevrolet, Burroughs Inc., Aunt Millie’s Bakeries, Huron Valley Ambulance, Durr and Friends of Wayne County Parks.
For more information about the event, visit www.heroesonhines.com.