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Runners run 5K to remember 311 fallen Arizona police officers

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Friends, family and law enforcement officers past and present laced up their tennis shoes this morning for a 5K run in memory of Arizona's fallen officers.

It's the 10th year for the event, but this year's run comes less than a week after Phoenix Police lost one of their own Detective John Hobbs.
Sunday morning, hundreds took off from Wesley Bolin Plaza running to remember Arizona's fallen officers.   Event coordinators say there were triple the runners this year. Many of them wearing shirts with the names of fallen officers on them like Cindy Hallas, a close family friend of Detective Hobbs.
"Every step of the way in I know he's with me," said Hallas.
This run happens at the same time every year only this year it comes less than a week after Hobbs was shot and killed in the line of duty.
"He was the best of the best," said Hallas.
"It obviously brings back a lot of memories when a new officer is lost and knowing that another family has their life shattered and turned upside down, but it's good to know you're not alone and there's another family we'll be here to support," said Danielle Murphy

Danielle Murphy's husband, Phoenix Police Officer Travis Murphy, was shot and killed in 2010.

Those who knew Phoenix Police Officer, Daryl Raetz wore bright orange and green shirts.
He was hit and killed by an SUV while making an arrest last May.

DPS Officer Tim Huffman, was killed near Yuma when his patrol car was hit by a semi-truck last year, his brothers were at the run. "It's very comforting to see everyone here and the support we've had," said Paul Huffman.

Proceeds from the 5K went to the peace officers memorial board and concerns of police survivors. Jan Blaser Upchurch is the president of COPS, her husband, a DPS officer,was killed by a drunk driver in 1990. "COPS was one of those organizations that helped rebuild my shattered life because it took a long time to be able to kind of walk and talk again," said Blaser.
There are more than 300 fallen officers in Arizona, their names lined the race route. Hallas plans to go to Hobbs' visitation tonight, to support his family.
"They're doing as best as they can possibly do, the kids are the biggest concern right now, just have all our prayers for them," said Hallas.

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