Thursday June 13, 2013 | By:Michael J. Petro | Sports
The pack leaders position themselves during a recent running of the David C. Brinkerhoff race. This year’s race and event will take place Saturday, June 15 in the Town of Boston.
In five years, the Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff race/walk and efforts of the foundation organized in his name have grown and because of it, so has the comfort felt by the family impacted so significantly by the New York State Trooper’s passing in April 2007.
Much of the reason for the growth of each has been the support that the family has felt from the Town of Boston, local businesses and friends in these endeavors.
And they have rewarded that support with what the race and foundation have been able to provide in financial assistance to individuals and organizations in need locally.
“It’s been a good process for us — a way of dealing and giving back. And the town and so many people have been supportive,” said David’s brother, Mike Brinkerhoff, a teacher and cross country coach at Lake Shore High School. “Whether they knew David, know me or my family, local groups have been great.”
The Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff Foundation, along with Brunner’s Eatery, will be hosting a 5K race and walk, a Kid’s Fun Run and last year’s newly added 10K race on Saturday, June 15 at the Boston Town Park.
The event will benefit the local $1,000 scholarship given to a Hamburg High School senior, help send youth from families in need to camps and provide moneys to the Special Olympics of New York. So far, the foundation has given $20,000 to the Special Olympics.
The Foundation was also organized to provide financial assistance to law enforcement and emergency responders, community organizations involved in youth sports, like Boston Recreation, and families living with the challenges of a family member with special needs.
When David C. Brinkerhoff was shot and killed in the line of duty during an intense gun battle six years ago at the age of 29, he left behind a seven-month-old daughter with Down Syndrome. She is now 7-years-old.
The event and forming of the foundation have served as therapeutic for Mike Brinkerhoff and his family.
Saturday’s race will be run in memory Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff.
“It’s a nice way to remember him and honor him,” said Brinkerhoff, who organizes the event along with his wife, Laurie, brother, Dan Brinkerhoff, and mother, Karen Howard, who used to own Karen’s Family Restaurant. “It’s a such a small community; it’s a great opportunity to be able to give back to it.”
The day starts with a Kid’s Fun Run (ages 6-and-under) and a half-mile cross country race (12-and-under) in the park at 9:30 a.m. followed by the races and walk at 10 a.m.
The course winds along 18-Mile Creek on Back Creek Road and returns to the park for socializing, food and drink, prizes and awards for top finishers. Awards will also be given to winners of the 5K Team Challenge in the Law Enforcement and Fire/Rescue categories.
Tyler Shaw, who’s this year’s recipient of the Hamburg High School scholarship, will be the ceremonial guest and blow the horn to start the race. Four youth from two families will be impacted by the giveaway of scholarships to campers this summer.
Through the connections and history of the Brinkerhoff family and the kindness of the community, the event will have many different features, in addition to the race.
Dan, an Erie County Sheriff investigator, helped bring on law enforcement and emergency responders assistance at the event. Helicopters and armored vehicles will be present for people to see.
“People come out just for the fun and activities and to make a day out of it,” said Brinkerhoff, who expects more than 500 registered participants with more coming with their children for the activities. “Boston is only so big, so to maintain this you have to have people come back to it and they have. It’s a nice community day.”
Through the foundation, they’ll also put on the first movie night at Boston Town Hall the evening of July 18. As part of the family-friendly night, they’ll show The Lorax and concessions will be served by local organizations.