Runners compete in memorial 5K to benefit Dorian J. Murray Foundation

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — More than one thousand runners were on the streets of Providence Sunday for the Police Department’s First Memorial 5K.

The money raised went toward a memorial for the Providence officers killed in the line of duty and the Dorian J. Murray Foundation.

Parents gathered outside of the Dunkin Donuts Center to pin numbers of their children – who raced in the Dorian Murray Kids Fun Run.

Dorian, also known as DStrong, passed away in March. Only 8-years-old, Dorian, of Westerly, changed the world with his strength and courage in the face of such adversity and a long-term cancer diagnosis.

“I thought it would be fun and for a good cause,” said Mia Stantione, a runner on team “Blue Lightening.”

With some encouragement from Dorian’s mom, the kids were off.

“We’re raising money to help other kids who have cancer like Dorian,” said Melissa Murray.

More than 1,200 adults also took to the streets to run in the Providence Police Department’s Memorial 5K.

“My children, they have Autism,” said Claudia Tabares. “So I wanted to run with them to inspire some activity, some running. It’s really good for their health and also for the cause. We run for the causes.”

Joyce Washburn’s husband just retired after a career on the force.

“Just the spirit of taking care of each other,” she said. “Knowing that you’ve experienced things in your life that no one else should ever have to experience. Some of the most dangerous things and being together taking care of each other.”

The race came together in the last six weeks and even the head of the department said he was impressed with how many people turned out to participate.

“Dorian embodied the spirit of the Providence Police,” Col. Hugh Clements told the runners. “I want you to run like that today.”

The race weaved through the streets of the capital city and came to a conclusion inside the Dunkin Donuts Center.

All of the money raised will go to the Dorian J. Murray Foundation.

According to members of the police department, next year’s race will be an even bigger event.

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