By Luis Gronda
A cemetery sitting on the Queens-Brooklyn border will host its first ever 5K run in honor of a slain police officer.
Cypress Hills Cemetery will host the 5K on Sunday, Sept. 8 in remembrance of fallen NYPD officer Peter Figoski of the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn.
Figoski was shot and killed while responding to burglary in December 2011. Four men were arrested and charged in relation to the shooting. One of the men, Lamont Pride, received a sentence of 45 years to life in prison earlier this year for being involved in the killing.
Anthony Desmond, Vice President of Field Operations at Cypress Hills, said they chose to do the 5K because it hits close to home for them and the surrounding community.
“We know how it’s affected people who live in this area,” he said. “And this is a little more local with the cemetery being a few blocks from the precinct.”
Desmond said they designed the course to only go through the entire cemetery and to pass by some of the famous people buried there, including Jackie Robinson.
They don’t have a specific target for how much money they want to raise, he said, but they want the race to be a positive experience for the family and the community as a whole, while raising cash that will go towards a fund to benefit deceased police officers.
If this event is successful, Desmond said that they intend on having other races in the future for different causes, as well as continue to run the race to benefit slain police officers like Figoski.
The run starts at 9 a.m. with in-person registration beginning 90 minutes before its scheduled start time. If you would like to register beforehand, log onto runsignup.com/race/ny/Brooklyn/cypresshillscemetery5krunthroughhistory.
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