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El Monte Police Officers’ Association Sponsors the Inaugural 5k/1k Family Walk/Run Foot Pursuit

Devette Johnson

On Saturday, February 8th, the El Monte Police Officers’ Association and the City of El Monte hosted the inaugural El Monte Police 5k/1k Family Walk/Run Foot Pursuit at El Monte City Hall, 11333 Valley Blvd. It was a cool brisk morning and eventually the sun came out to help warm up the runners/walkers. It was a great turnout. Participants received a T-shirt and a medal for competing in the race. The race began promptly at 8am with a crowd that swelled to about 200 runners for the 5k portion and about 50 for the 1k run. There were all walks of life from young to old represented in the run/walk event. The mayor of El Monte, Mayor Andre Quintero, Mayor Pro Tem Bart Patel and Council member Norma Macias all participated and completed the run. Council member Juventino “J” Gomez cheered on the participants. It was a truly fun event that families enjoyed and many spectators cheered on the runners. All funds raised will go towards scholarships. A $100 cash prize was awarded to the fastest male and female in the 5k run. There were many local businesses that supported this event, like Allure Dental, Wells Fargo Bank and the local foot doctor. Congratulations to all the winners and all the participants of this inaugural 5k/1k family walk/run foot pursuit event. See you all next year.

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