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Marion Police 5K4K9 Fun Walk or Run Benefit for Police Dogs

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT
MARION, IA (KGAN) -- 10-year-old Rico may have so gray but he's fully capable of getting the job done.

"All the dogs are considered dual purpose dogs," says Officer Jeff Hartwig.

Rico's one of three K-9 officer with the Marion Police Department.

"The noses these dogs have, they can find drugs or find the bombs," Hartwig said.

Officers say that talent is needed on the force.

"There's a dog basically working 24 hours a day," says Sgt. Phil Fort.

To keep the dogs a part of the team fundraisers are important. The dogs are paid for with community donation and this month the department will host one of it's biggest money draws, the 5K4K9 fun walk or run.  

"We were overwhelmed by how many people showed up last year," says Sgt. Fort.

The event is April 28th and will start at Linn Mar Stadium. Runners or walkers will make their way down 10th Street to Connection Avenue, then east to Winslow Road, from there over to Indian Creek and back to the stadium.  

"Without a run like this or people donating money Marion would not have a K-9 program," says Officer Hartwig.  

"That money helps take care of vet bills, food, and the re-certification that they have to go to yearly," Sgt. Fort said.  
Last years event brought out nearly 500 runners and walkers and this year Marion Police would like to see more. You can pick up registration material from police headquarters, Marion Hy-Vee or MAC Athletic Clubs. The deadline to sign up is April 18th.
Marion Police 5K4K9 Fun Walk or Run Benefit for Police Dogs

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