“This is one of the few times we’re encouraging people run with, or if they’re fast enough, away from a police officer and potentially be rewarded for it,” said Dan Slaughter, chief of Clearwater Police Department.
According to Slaughter, Clearwater Police Department got the idea from a citizen who suggested that it would be a nice way to allow officers and community members to get to know one another. As a result of the suggestion, officers will be available to run with participants who want to run or walk with an officer in either the 5k or 1-mile fun run.
Additionally, on Thursday, organizers of the race announced that all active duty and reserve members of the military, veterans and first responders can receive $10 off their race registration by using the discount code: 18WESALUTEYOU when registering.
“We wanted this to be a way to say thank you, and we’re pleased to provide a discount to our races for military members, veterans and first responders,” said Susan Daniels, race director for the event. “With the race being held the day before Veteran’s Day, we really wanted to honor those who served and still serve.”
All proceeds from the event, which is scheduled for Nov. 10, will benefit Clearwater For Youth.
Anyone can choose to run or walk with a police officer as their “race partner” by registering for the 5k or one-mile course. After they’ve registered, those interested will need to visit the Clearwater Police Mobile Command Bus located in Coachman Park before the start of the first race. Officers will be available to walk or run either race segment with runners or families participating in the race on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Nov. 10 event will consist of three races including a half marathon, 5k and a 1-mile fun run, but only the half marathon and 5k will award race winners with a piece of this year’s $25,000 prize purse.
The half marathon will begin in Coachman Park in Clearwater, with participants running over Clearwater Memorial Causeway, Sand Key Bridge, Belleair Causeway Bridge and then returning to Coachman Park.
All three courses are USATF certified, and runners who complete the half marathon will be able to use their time to qualify for other USATF races.
The half marathon costs $65 to participate, and the 5k and one-mile fun run/ walk each cost $25.
Organizers expect a sold-out event to raise more than $250,000, which will go directly to Clearwater For Youth, a 501(c)(3) charity, which supports local youth athletic organizations by providing grants and scholarships to ensure no child will be denied the ability to play in a sports program because of financial concerns. Additionally, CFY awards college scholarships to senior student-athletes for their commitment to sports and service to the community.
The Inaugural Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Race in 2017 raised more than $150,000 for Clearwater For Youth.
For more information about the Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Race or to register for the event, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Clearwater/PhilDoganiero3BridgeHalfMarathon5K1MileFunRunWalk.
About the Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon, 5K and 1M
The Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is an annual event focused on promoting athletic excellence and offering a family-friendly activity for those living in the Tampa Bay-area. Proceeds from the race help further the Clearwater For Youth mission that no child will be denied the ability to play in a sports program because of financial concerns. The half marathon course crosses over three iconic bridges in the Clearwater area, including the Memorial Causeway, Sand Key Bridge and Belleair Bridge.
About Clearwater For Youth
Founded in 1966, Clearwater For Youth’s mission is to help ensure “no child is turned away” from pursuing athletic initiatives due to financial concerns and to elevate youth sports in the local communities. CFY offers support to young athletes through scholarships and grants to constructive athletic programs where children from all backgrounds can play and learn together. Through a unique partnership with the City of Clearwater, CFY supports all city co-sponsored youth sports programs. CFY also supplements youth athletic organizations across northern Pinellas County. In total, over 8,000 children are served annually. CFY also provides a college scholarship program, and in 2018, awarded 14 deserving high school seniors $90,000 in college scholarships. Since 2006, CFY has awarded over $500,000 in college scholarships. To learn more about CFY, visit http://www.clearwaterforyouth.org/.