Law Enforcement hosting community run for Deserae Turner

LOGAN — Police officers are inviting everyone to Willow Park Saturday morning for a free run, supporting local law enforcement and the Deserae Turner family. The 5K run and 1-mile run or walk will begin at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 8 a.m.

Logan City Police Sgt. Louise Speth helped organize this first ever event. She said after talking with others at the police department, they decided to host the run to bring the community together.

“The idea that you get to meet us when we are not in uniform, to mingle with us, to see that we have kids, and it’s a good supportive way to interact with people,” said Speth. “It’s positive, it gets them out and moving, it’s good for your physical health and gets people talking to each other in a way that ordinarily they might not with the police department.”

The 5K run and 1-mile run or walk is being called, “Back the Blue.” The course will begin at Willow Park and travel along the Logan River trail.

Speth said even though the event is free to participate, anyone can donate money to help Deserae Turner and her family.

“We didn’t want to charge for the run. We wanted to make it free but the idea of coming together, doing something together and then doing it for the benefit of somebody else is I think, right in line with a lot of the people that work in law enforcement.

“We tend to be pretty community oriented, pretty well grounded in the community. We want to keep it a safe place, make it a good place for people to live, and so the fundraiser for the Turner family grew naturally out of that. Obviously that is a huge case that everybody in the valley has heard about and concerned about.”

The run was organized for May, which is Law Enforcement Month with more events scheduled to take place later in the following weeks. Everyone who runs or walks will receive a “Back the Blue” wristband.

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