Third annual Heather Hurd 5K Walk/Run coming up Nov. 12 at Harford Community College


The 3rd annul Heather L. Hurd 5K Walk/Run, held in honor of a former Harford Community College student killed by a distracted driver, is coming up Nov. 12 at the college. Money raised at the event goes to scholarships and programs that raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.




Bel Air, Md., October 27, 2011  —  Harford Community College will host the Third Annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, November 12. The event honors the memory of Heather L. Hurd, a history major at Harford Community College from 1999 to 2003, who was killed in 2008 by a distracted driver who was texting.

On-site race registration takes place at the Chesapeake Center Dining Rooms from 7 to 7:45 a.m., with the race, on a USA Track and Field Certified Course, starting at 8 a.m.

WBAL-TV’s Sarah Caldwell will serve as master of ceremonies.

The walk/run was established by the Hurd Family and Harford Community College in 2009 to raise funds for book scholarships for HCC students and for programs that bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving. The event also acknowledges the critical work of first responders—fire, police and ambulance personnel.

The registration fee is $20 per person and $10 for those under 18 years of age accompanied by a registered adult. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and refreshments after the race. Awards will be presented based on age groups and final times. Participants may pre-register for the race by visiting

For those unable to walk or run but would like to participate, donations may be made to sponsor a participant running or walking in the race, or an outright donation may be made by visiting

“Nearly 5,500 of our loved ones are killed each year because of distracted drivers,” said Russell Hurd, Heather’s father. “My family knows firsthand the pain of losing someone in an accident that could have been prevented. With the Third Annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Walk/Run at Harford Community College, my hope is that the students we honor with book scholarships will help us change our culture and stop distracted driving.”

Last year, approximately 200 people participated in the walk/run, raising more than $18,000. Forty book scholarships have been given to students over the past two years.

Also taking place at the walk/run will be a raffle of a Joe Flacco-signed helmet. Tickets cost $1 each or six for $5 and may be purchased at the race on November 12.

Sponsors of the walk/run are C&S Wholesale Grocers, 103.7 WXCY Radio, Kollman & Saucier, P.A., Law Offices of Jason Turchin, The Kent Schwab Agency, Chili’s Bel Air, B. Michael & Sons Business Trust, JC Penney, Boyle Buick GMC Truck, FoucsDriven, Fort Pitt Group, Heritage Mazda of Bel Air, Huntington Learning Center, Perluke Consulting Associates, Inc., Plaza Ford, Inc., PNC Bank, Schuster Meat Corporation, Survice Engineering Company and The Village at Carsins Run.

Harford Community College is located at 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. For more information, visit or call 443-412-2449.