Runners raise funds for Police Officers in need
Registration is now open for the 2012 Baytown Jail Break Run Half Marathon to be held Saturday, February 11, 2012. The Jail Break Run is presented by the Marcus Lee Zaruba Criminal Justice Foundation (MLZCJ) and benefits both the foundation and the Baytown Municipal Police Officers’ Association – Helping a Hero Fund. 100% of the funds raised help police officers in need and provide scholarships to future officers.
The race begins and ends on Main Street at the Baytown Police Department. Runners travel through historic old Baytown and to the top of the Fred Harman Bridge before heading back to the police station. On the route are five live bands playing music for the runners. The Jail Break Run is the only Baytown event that allows participants to travel the Fred Hartman Bridge on foot.
This is the second year for the Jail Break Run. The race is an official USA Track & Field sanctioned event. All runners receive a t-shirt and finisher’s metal. “We are extremely excited to build on the success of last year’s race” said Mary Zaruba, race director and secretary for the MLZCJ Foundation, “we look forward to raising money and awareness for the officers who have no other options, and providing more scholarships.”
“The money from this race helps local police officers in need” said Baytown Police Department Assistant Chief David Alford, “support from the community is vital to our mission and is a great morale boost for the officers and employees.”
MLZCJ Foundation is 501(c)3 non-profit organization geared toward helping police officers that are blind-sided by a sudden illness or injury and to providing scholarships to students who are pursuing a career in criminal justice. For information about the race and sponsorship opportunities, to register, or to make a donation, visit www.jailbreakrun.org.