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Rise & Run 5k
Sat, Sep 17, 2016
Castle Rock, CO
About This Activity
**REGISTER by Thursday, September 1st, 2016 to ensure you get a FINISHER MEDAL and RACE T-SHIRT!
On May 2, 2015, Foundry Church in Castle Pines, CO hosted the Rise and Run 5K to honor John Adsit. The event was an overwhelming success with nearly 1,000 runners participating. John and his family were so overwhelmed by the support of his church and the community during this incredibly difficult time. Although John realizes that he could never repay them for the amazing support he received, he wants to do whatever is possible in paying it forward. John created AdsitStrong.org—a nonprofit charity, to benefit other first responders who have been gravely injured. This year, the 2nd annual Rise and Run 5K is being presented by AdsitStrong.org. Injured Denver Police Sergeant Tony Lopez Jr. will be one of this year’s beneficiaries. John and Sergeant Lopez have worked together over the years, and John is excited to honor a fellow law enforcement officer.
Antonio Lopez Jr. has been a Denver Police Officer since 2008. Sergeant Lopez is the oldest of 5 and followed in his father’s footsteps into his law enforcement career. On December 8, 2015, he was on routine patrol and conducted a traffic stop at 37th and Federal and was immediately barraged with gunfire. Sergeant Lopez was shot three times (twice in the left arm and once in the chest) before he was even able to exit his patrol car. After exiting the vehicle, he exchanged gunfire with the suspect. During the exchange, he was struck by numerous bullets with one striking his left thigh; it shattered his femur bone and severed the femoral artery. The suspect was struck once in the left ankle, fled the scene and was eventually apprehended by officers. Sergeant Lopez was rushed to Denver Health Medical Center where he underwent numerous surgeries to save his life and limbs. He went through a total of 19 liters of blood transfusions; and after five major surgeries, he was released from the hospital on December 31, 2015. Sergeant Lopez still has a long road to recovery. He will undergo numerous nerve transplant surgeries, in hope of allowing him to walk normally and regain feeling in his left leg.