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November 14, 2009

Will Robinson Run coming next weekend

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputy Will Robinson lost his life in the line of duty on Dec. 17, 1995. Friends and supporters gathered together in their collective grief to organize an event to honor his memory and support organizations he cared deeply about.

The Annual Will Robinson Memorial Run will be held for the 14th year Saturday, Nov. 21. Organizer Capt. Chris Spires said the event serves to help local events that assist in the education of local kids but also serves to help keep his memory alive and dear to the heart of the community.

“Will and I started off working in the jail together,” Spires said. “This will be my fifth year working with the race. It is an honor for all of us to be able to put it on. We don’t want people to forget what happened.”

Spires said the race will benefit the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office CHAMPS program as well as scholarships at Georgia Military College. The CHAMPS program largely funds the summer Jr. Deputy Camp.

“The GMC Alumni Association has a scholarship fund set up for students through the 1879 Circle of Friends Scholarship Fund,” Suzanne Ratliff with GMC said. “The fund goes toward the children of GMC alumni.”

Proceeds also help fund the Will Robinson Scholarship at GMC.

Spires said the scholarship helps the school by supporting students financially.

“Both of those scholarships go back into GMC,” Spires said.

Ratliff said students usually apply for the 1879 scholarship through the financial aid office. Students in either the prep school or junior college are eligible to submit an application and brief essay.

The race will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, and is still open for registration and is sponsored by both the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Military College Alumni Association. A one-mile Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K Road Race begins at 9 a.m. The race will be held rain or shine.

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