This year the Hale County Crime Stoppers will be adding a splash of color to their 5K run to hopefully raise more money for their reward program.
Last year, 62 people called in tips to the Hale County Crime Stoppers. Out of those, 47 tips led to arrests and qualified for rewards.
"We were able to seize around $3,000 in property and another $75,000 in drugs. We had a total of $10,550 for what we paid in rewards last year," Plainview Police captain Manuel Balderas said. "Right now our budget for rewards is under that, so at this rate we we'll be out of money this year."
Balderas says their Crime Stoppers program is a huge success, but with dwindling funds he's afraid not as many people will call in with information.
"This reward money is funded through donations and through probation fees, but up until about two years ago, our budget has really gone down," Balderas said.
Last year Crime Stoppers held a 5K Freedom Run to raise money. Families could purchase personalized signs for $20 that said "We support our troops" with a picture of their family member or friend who was serving in the military. Those signs lined the 5K course, and the families who purchased them were able to take them home after the race.
After seeing the huge success of Lubbock's Color Run, Balderas decided to add some color to this year's Freedom Run to draw in more runners. Now named the Color Me Freedom Run, Balderas says they will still be selling the personalized signs to line the course, but this year they'll be throwing colored powder onto the runners like they do in the Color Run.
"I'm a big dreamer," Balderas said. "I'm hoping to have 1,000 people, but if we just get 250 or 500 we'll go all out just as if there were thousands. Our goal is to raise between $3,000 to $4,000."
The race will be July 6 starting at 9 a.m. at the Regional Park in Plainview. Registration costs $30 and is free for children 10 years old or younger, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. The deadline to register is June 12.
If you are interested in helping, or would like to donate to help the Crime Stoppers put on the 5K you can call 806-729-3971. To register for the 5K you can click here to fill out the registration form to mail in. That site also contains information on hotel discounts if you are driving in from out of town and would like stay in Plainview after the race.
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