COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Runners paid tribute to those who have given their lives to protect and serve.
The 2015 Valor Run at Memorial Park recognized fallen peace officers in the Pikes Peak region Saturday.
"The amount of effort and the amount of commitment that the police officers of our community give to us is enormous," runner Jonathon O'Donoghue said. "They deserve all the respect."
Law enforcement officers also took part in the 5K run.
"This is to show support for all fallen officers here locally and throughout the United States," said Scott Mackey, a major crimes detective with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. "I'm running with this fallen officer flag. The thin blue line represents the difference between good and evil."
Several officers used the race as a way to give back to the community. They were volunteering with Ainsley's Angels, a program that raises awareness of special needs children and encourages inclusion in all aspects of life.
"It's something bigger than what we are," Fountain police Detective Sheyna Marshall said. "We're their legs, basically. We just power them through and they help push us through."
Valor Run organizers are raising money to build a fallen officer memorial at Memorial Park.
"This is one of those thankless, very rough jobs," said Brian Mattson, chairman of the Peace Officer Memorial Committee. "They are protecting us and watching over us. We need to do something to appreciate them."