Eaton PA Hot Pursuit 5k to support scholarship

By Megan Kennedy

May 6, 2014

This year marks the second year for the Hot Pursuit 5k race.

The Eaton Police Division Association’s Hot Pursuit 5k will be held to benefit one Eaton High School scholarship winner pursuing a degree in a criminal justice-related field.

The 5k, to be held Saturday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m., is an opportunity for the division to give back to the community, according to Eaton Police Chief Chad DePew. Eaton HS students are able to apply for the scholarship through guidance counselor Ron Neanen.

Runners and walkers who wish to join are able to have the opportunity to utilize “chip timing,” a device which records the runner/walker’s time, implanted in the participant’s shoe at no cost, said Chief DePew. The device will record the participant’s time, as they step on a designated mat, half way through the race and when the person crosses the finish line. The chip in the participant’s shoe is activated when the runner or walker steps on the mat.

Also featured at the race will be a disc jockey and photographer. Racers’ time results will also be listed online for racers to see post-race.

A children’s 1k will also be held beginning at 5 p.m. During the adult 5k, activities will be held for children whose parents are participating in the 5k.

Trophies and medals will be offered for first place male and female, as well as first place for kids.

The 5k course will be through Fort St. Clair and down Camden Rd, while the children will be run down Camden Rd. and a portion of Whisper Way.

The Eaton Police Division Association is a non-profit (501(c)3) whose aim is to raise money specifically for the community. Members of the Division are members with the Association by default. Another benefit of the association is local businesses are able to hire police for private security contracts at a reasonable rate.

“It allows the association to be a business within a business,” said DePew. The association meets 10 to 12 times per year to discuss how to better serve the community.