Jeremy Bitner run and walk still on

Event organizers are moving the run and walk online

Joseph Rios
jrios@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/22/20

Englewood Police Sergeant Chad Read remembers former Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner as a man who wanted to do good for the community when he joined the department in 2004. Bitner's time …

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Jeremy Bitner run and walk still on

Event organizers are moving the run and walk online

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Englewood Police Sgt. Chad Read remembers former Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner as a man who wanted to do good for the community when he joined the department in 2004.
 
Bitner’s time with the department tragically ended on May 28, 2012 when he was struck by a vehicle and killed at the age of 39 by Conner Donohue, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2013 for vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident and driving drunk.
 
“(Bitner) had a large impact on this organization. He was just a real joy to be around and was always upbeat and in a good mood when he came into work,” said Read.
 
While Bitner’s death was tragic, his name is still honored eight years later through the annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk. And even though the COVID-19 crisis won’t allow for the event to carry on in person as it was scheduled for on June 20, event organizers still want to host the run and walk.
 
So, they have moved the event to a virtual platform.
 
Residents who want to participate in the virtual Jeremy Bitner Memorial 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk can sign up for the event at bitnermemorialfund.org.
 
After participants are done running or walking, they can post their results to the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund Facebook page. Residents can complete the run or walk between June 1 and June 30.
 
The run and walk benefits the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund, which raises money to assist families affected by the loss of an officer in the line-of-duty. It originally started after Bitner’s death as a way to raise money for his family.
 
“It was based on tragedy, but the event itself continues to somewhat have a sense of tragedy because of what it is intended to do,” said Nick Fogel, an attorney for Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh and Jardine, P.C. Fogel is a member of the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund Board of Directors.
 
Residents who participate in the event will start and finish the run and walk at Cornerstone Park at 5150 S. Windermere St. The route runs through the streets of the area and after the event ends on June 30, participants will receive a T-shirt.
 
Since 2013, the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund has raised money for families of fallen officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Littleton Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and more.
Residents can sign up for the run and walk throughout June.
 
“This cause is very important to the (Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund Board of Directors), the Bitner Family and the Englewood Police Department. Jeremy will never be forgotten, and as long as we are able, we will continue to provide aid to fallen officer families during their darkest days,” said Toni Arnoldy, vice president of the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund Board of Directors.

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