CUYAHOGA FALLS — The tenth annual SFC Daniel B. Crabtree Memorial 5K, a race to honor Sgt. First Class Daniel Crabtree who was killed in action in Iraq, took place on June 10.

"The race went well," said race coordinator Fred Jackson. "We had excellent weather, wonderful community support and unequalled assistance from our partners for the event."

Jackson said 79 runners participated and the event raised $5,426 for the Special Operations Warriors Foundation. The winner of the race was Ryan Champa, a student at Woodridge Schools, he added.

Sponsored by Western Reserve Hospital, the 5K is open to people of all ages and abilities, and will feature door prizes, T-shirts and more. The race kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St., and ends at the Cuyahoga Falls/Silver Lake Police Memorial. Winning participants will receive medals and raffle prizes are given to those present.

Sgt. First Class Daniel Crabtree was a U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret. Crabtree was a member of Company B, 2 nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), of the Ohio Army National Guard. He served as a police officer in the Cuyahoga Falls and Hartville police departments, as well as a SWAT team member, husband and father. He was killed in action at the age of 31 in Al-Kut, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom on June 8, 2006.


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