Sgt. Patrick J O'Rourke 5.5k and 1/4 Mile Family Hero Fun Run

Sat August 8, 2020 Hartland, MI US 48353 Directions

5.5K Run/Walk

$25 8:55AM EDT - 12:30PM EDT Registration Opens March 3, 2020 at 12:00am EST

Family Hero 1/4 Mile Fun Run

$0 10:15AM EDT - 10:30AM EDT Registration Opens March 4, 2020 at 12:37pm EST
Hartland High School Aquatic Center Entrance
10635 Dunham Rd
Hartland, MI US 48353

Time:  August 10, 2019 at 8:55am
Location: Hartland High School, 10635 Dunham Rd., Hartland Township, MI 48353

Course: Scenic 5k through historic downtown Hartland, Michigan. 

Part of the course will include the Sgt. Patrick O'Rourke Memorial Highway, a stretch of Old US 23, renamed in his honor.  

Parking: Hartland High School, 10635 Dunham Rd., Hartland Township, MI 48353

Registration fee:  $35 pre-registration with shirt, $25 without.  Same day registration $45/35  

Race day Registration and Packet Pick Up: Starts at 7:30 AM.   

5.5k Race starts at 8:55 AM.  Award ceremony starts at 9:45 AM  Family Hero Run starts at 10:15am

Awards: To overall Male and Female winner plus top male and female finishers in each age group... 

13 and under, 14-19, 20-29 ,30-39 ,40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Live musicians along the course

Dogs on leash welcome

Strollers and wheelchairs welcome 


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We are celebrating First Responders and remembering our hero, West Bloomfield Police Sergeant Patrick J O'Rourke, Badge #55

My best friend and husband of 14 years, devoted father of our four children, Sgt. Patrick O'Rourke of the West Bloomfield Police Department, was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 9, 2012, while attempting to assist a suicidal subject with four fellow officers.  

Patrick loved spending time with our family, both immediate and extended.  He was very devoted to our church and our community in the Fenton/Hartland area.  He and I are both graduates of Hartland High school and St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Fenton is our home parish.  

Through this family friendly event, we'd like to celebrate our First Responders, who like our Patrick, run into dangerous situations without hesitation to keep the members of our communities safe.  We want to thank them while we run and walk with them through this beautiful community in which we live.  We'd also like to give back to our hometown communities that have taken such great care of our family since our hero was taken from us.  

Any profits made from this event will be split between the following community outreach groups:  

  • Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors (MICOPS)  
  • The St. John the Evangelist Fenton Outreach Program  
  • The Fenton High School Athletic Department
  • Hartland Eye Care and Visual Learning Center -- Sgt. Patrick O'Rourke Vision Therapy Scholarships 

A donation will also be made to the Hartland High School Cross Country program for the awesome time and talent they provide us.  Without them, our race could not happen.  

Patrick's (Or "Rudy" as he became known during his undercover years) badge number was 55.  Since he was taken from us, his badge number has become very special to our family.  55 also means, "I'm ok!" in police 10-code.  This is a 5k timed event.  Once you reach the 5k mark, please keep running.  :)  Because of our love for his badge number, we will have "Rudy's Home Stretch" to celebrate our Patrick and all First Responders from the 5k mark to our finish line at the 5.5k mark.  "Rudy's Home Stretch" will be 0.5 km (0.3miles) long. 

We are certain that Patrick, who loved playing his guitars, would NOT have run this race with us.  :D   He would have instead enjoyed playing his guitar for you.  PLEASE enjoy our live musicians along the course.  


Our beneficiaries for this year :)

Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors (MICOPS)

The St. John the Evangelist Fenton Outreach Program

The Fenton High School Athletic Department

Hartland Eye Care and Visual Learning Center



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