On Nov. 5, law enforcement members from around the county will be doing just that during the Bartow County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard's Run for the Donut 5K. Open to the public, the 3.1-mile course will wind through downtown Cartersville, beginning and ending in Friendship Plaza.
The name came from the running joke about police and pastries.
"We were trying to figure out what to call it, and everybody makes jokes about cops and doughnuts ... We finally decided on that," said BCSO Criminal Investigations Division Maj. Doug Duncan, who also serves on the honor guard. "It's a cute name."
The 5K walk/run will serve as a fundraiser for the 20-member unit, which travels around the state for events.
"Every year everybody sees the honor guard in different locations. We do parades. We do honor details for fallen officers, for military ... that requests them," Duncan said. "Anyone that requests the honor guard, we will go if it's within reason. But it costs to travel to different locations and it costs for equipment and ... we try to supplement that. ...
"We thought, 'We'll try to come up with some way to make money for that.' And we've tried doing a fundraiser. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don't. So this year we got to thinking, 'Let's do a road race because we know they are easy to put on, and there's not a lot of cost from the sheriff's office.'"
Although the proceeds will benefit the honor guard, organizers decided to make the race an opportunity to give back to the community.
"We got to talking and said, 'Well, if we are going to do this, let's raise money to incur the different costs [and] let's do something for the county.' So half of whatever we make we are going to give to a charity in Bartow County," Duncan said.
Although the charity has not been confirmed, those involved are interested in helping the Shop With A Cop program, spearheaded by Emerson Police Chief Stan Bradley.
"We don't know how many people are going to show up; we'd like to see 200 or 300," Duncan said. "Is that gonna happen? We don't know, but if we did, that would be just that much more money we could give to Emerson, to the chief for the Shop with a Cop program."
Registration for the race is $25 through Friday with those pre-registering receiving a T-shirt. Cost is $35 on race day, and registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Checks should be made payable to Bartow County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard and mailed to 104 Zena Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120.
Awards will be presented to the male and female overall winners; overall master, both male and female; and top place for each age division, both male and female, which includes 10 and under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and up.
"Anyone that wants to support this, we would appreciate it. We're looking for a lot of support. We know there's a lot of people that love running," Duncan said, adding that those who are interested in supporting the event without taking part may make donations or purchase a T-shirt for $15.
For more information, contact Hollie McKamey at 770-382-5050, ext. 6034, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pam Ploof at 678-758-6428 or 770-382-5050, ext. 6078. Information also is available on the event's Facebook page.