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About the k9k

On February 25, 2012, Andrew Elliott Rusticus went on a training run as part of an agility test to be a K9 handler with the Grand Rapids Police Department.  He suffered a heart attack and ran into the arms of Jesus.  His dedication to his faith, devotion to his family, love of friends, and unwavering and humble desire to serve his community with his fellow police officers is being remembered and honored during this event.  Police officers skills, thoughtfulness, willingness to serve are all part of their daily duties to our community.  A K9 officer and his canine partner develop a close bond while carrying out these responsibilities.  This event will give runners the opportunity to run a 9k or a 3k (with or without your canine on either event) along the banks of the Grand River.

Support

The Andrew Elliott Rusticus Foundation and K9K Race is a non-profit event that will help support the Grand Rapids Police Department Canine Unit Foundation, the Michigan Thin Blue Line, a scholarship honoring Andrew Elliott Rusticus at Trinity Christian College, and Vested Interest in K9s.

Additional Activities

The race will also include a K9 demonstration presented by the Grand Rapids and Wyoming Police Departments.  Many other fun events will also be a part of our days' activities.