Runners and Walkers Race to Honor Jeremy Bitner
Clouds may have threatened Colorado skies early Saturday morning, but that did not stop hundreds of runners, walkers, and children from showing up at Englewood’s Cornerstone Park for the 2017 Jeremy Bitner Memorial 5K/10K Run & 5K Walk.
The fifth annual race honored the late Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner, who died in the line of duty on May 28, 2012, after a drunk driver ran him down during a routine traffic stop. The race also raises money for the Fallen Officer Fund, which helps support Colorado families of fallen law enforcement officers.
After on-site registration, the day kicked off with the 5K and 10K races. Runner Seth Huber won the 10K race with a time of 38:54.94, with a pace of 6:15 minutes per mile. Amy Armstrong broke the tape on the 5K run with a time of 20:45.39, at a pace of 6:40 minutes a mile. Walker Jonathan Piaz strolled to the finish line for the 5K walk victory with a time of 28:27.12, setting a pace of 9:09 minutes a mile.
Bitner was an eight-year veteran of the Englewood Police Department, who worked patrol, served as a SWAT team member, and a field training officer. He is survived by a wife and two children.
Burg Simpson shareholder Nick D. Fogel is a longtime supporter and sits on the board of directors of the Fallen Officer Fund. Burg Simpson is also a founding sponsor of the event.
For more information about the event, including photos and detailed race results, visit http://www.bitnermemorialfund.org/results-photos/