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UVU fire and police academies to host scholarship 5K

11 April 2016 No Comment

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807 | melindac@uvu.edu

Written by: Genna Erickson | 801-863-7771 | GErickson@uvu.edu

The UVU fire and police academies are ready to run. The first Guns and Hoses Scholarship 5K is set for Saturday, April 23, at 8 a.m. at Fort Utah Park in Provo. Current cadets, alumni, police and fire department members, students, families, and the general public are all invited to participate. Proceeds from the 5K will go to fund scholarships for fire and police academy students who are being trained to serve and protect.

“There are many reasons that students cannot attend the UVU Firefighter Recruit Candidate Academy,” said Andy Byrnes, RCA coordinator. “The biggest reason is financial. The state of the present economy and being young and inexperienced often means that our students need assistance with school costs. The funds raised from the Guns and Hoses 5K will provide scholarships for students who may not otherwise be able to realize their dreams.”

This is the first year that the fire and police academies have held the event, but the academies hope to make it a yearly tradition, enabling more students who are entering the academies to receive scholarships.

“A recent survey showed that more than half of all police officers in Utah County graduated from the UVU police academy,” said Steve DeMille, police academy director. “I think it would be an act of community pride for Utah county residents to come and support this effort to make more scholarships available to the men and women we count on to perform such important community service.”

Registration for the 5K is $15. Participants can register online at runnercard.com. In order to be guaranteed a T-shirt, participants must register before April 15. Day of registrations are welcome starting at 7:30 a.m. but must be paid in cash, and participants won’t be guaranteed a 5K T-shirt.

Fort Utah Park is located at 200 North Geneva Road in Provo. The race course will begin at the park and go down and back the Provo River trail, ending at the starting point. For more information, contact Patrice Bolen at 801-863-6156 or Donna Cotterell at 801-863-7749.

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