DETROIT – The third annual Collin Rose 2K9 Memorial Run & 5K will be held at Wayne State’s Matthaei Athletic Complex on Saturday, Oct. 12, as part of the WSU’s homecoming celebration. The event features a competitive 5K and dog-friendly 2K run/walk.
The Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation hosts the annual event which honors the late Wayne State University Police Sergeant Collin Rose, a Ferris State University alumnus, and his two police dogs Clyde and Wolverine. Rose was killed on a street investigation in November 2016 and posthumously promoted to sergeant.
Foundation President Chris Powell said their organization is excited to bring the
event to campus as part of homecoming festivities. The Warriors play the Ferris State
University Bulldogs that evening at 6 p.m.
“Collin graduated from Ferris State and attended their police academy before he was hired as a police officer at Wayne State,” Powell said. “He was a proud Ferris graduate, so that made it particularly exciting for us to host the race here and help kick off Homecoming activities. We’re hoping that a number of Ferris students and alumni will join us at the race and help celebrate Collin.”
The annual event was previously hosted at Civic Center Park in Clinton Township across the street from Resurrection Ceremony where Rose is buried.
“Our foundation works to bring together Collin’s survivors and supporters and we hope that bringing the event to campus will encourage students and staff to celebrate Collin’s legacy in a fun and healthy way,” Powell said. “Bring your dog for the 2K or lace up your running shoes for the 5K.”
The 5K starts at 11 a.m. followed by the dog-friendly 2K at 11:10 a.m. Registration and packet pick-up begins at 9:30 a.m. Both events start and finish in the end zone of Tom Adams Field at Matthaei. Finisher medals will be awarded to the first 300 finishers. Eastside Racing Company will provide the race timing.
Proceeds from the race help the foundation further its mission. They provide safety gear to K-9 teams around the country, support new line of duty survivors, aid animal welfare organizations and provide scholarship gifts to students. They also place memorial markers for fallen heroes and offer a grant to officers making a difference in their community.
The Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation was established in July 2017 to ensure fallen Officer Collin Rose is never forgotten. The nonprofit organization hosts events that bring together his survivors and supporters. They provide safety gear to K-9 teams around the country. They fund cyclists in the Police Unity Tour and support new line of duty survivors. They aid animal welfare organizations and provide scholarship gifts to students. They also place memorial markers for fallen heroes and offer a grant to officers making a difference in their community. Collin lives on through their efforts.