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Dallas officers, safety on minds of those gathered for Kerstetter 5K

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ELYRIA — Today, hundreds of people from Elyria and beyond — including nearly 150 police officers and agents — will arrive on Kerstetter Way ready to walk and run in memory of slain Elyria police Sgt. James Kerstetter.

Safety will be on everyone’s mind.

Race organizers and Elyria police said the race will go on as scheduled with safety measures and security around the race.

“We truly believe (today’s) K5K will again be a peaceful event as it has since the first race in July of 2010,” said Terry Costigan, the event promoter for the run. “Ironically, (today’s) race was created after Elyria police Sgt. James A. Kerstetter was ambushed and killed while responding to a neighborhood disturbance call. (Thursday night’s) ambush and killing of officers in Dallas brings that night in March 2010 right back to the forefront of our minds …

“Now, there will be the memories of five additional officers in their minds. We look forward to seeing everyone on Kerstetter Way as we will walk and run for them, remember them and honor them.”

Today’s event is the seventh race since Kerstetter was killed. It attracts hundreds of runners and spectators and has historically been a very safe, family-friendly event.

A fitness buff, Kerstetter often ran the neighborhood streets around the police station as a way to stay in shape and the race route mimics a route he would take himself.

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