5K event open to individuals, 5-person teams

By Ashley Caldwell, Student Intern | OPEC

The California Institution for Men in Chino (CIM) is hosting a 5-kilometer Mud Run, Saturday, September 8, 2012, in honor of Correctional Officer Manuel Gonzalez and all fallen law enforcement officers.

Officer Gonzalez, who served with CDCR for 17 years, died after being attacked in January 2005 by a CIM inmate.  Officer Gonzalez was not wearing a protective vest when the inmate stabbed him with a shank.  He died while being transported to a local hospital.  Jon Christopher Blaylock, who had been appointed spokesman for a portion of the inmate population, was charged with murder in connection with the assault.
Six months later, Gonzalez’s brother-in-law, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz, was fatally shot during a gang-related investigation in an apartment complex.

The 2012 Chino Prison Mud Run is a tribute to Gonzales and all fallen law enforcement officers and is open to anyone 14 or older.  The purpose of the September 8 event will be to bring members of the community together for a day of competition and camaraderie.  It starts with a memorial for the fallen officers at 8 a.m.  The run will begin at 9 a.m.  Participants can compete as individuals or in five-person teams. 

Anyone interesting in participating can register online at www.ChinoPrisonMudRun.com or sign up the day of the race.  Participants will receive a T-shirt at sign-in.

Proceeds will be donated to the “Make a Wish Foundation” for those children in Chino confronting a life-threatening disease.