5K honors life of fallen Rockford police officer Jaimie Cox

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ROSCOE, Ill. (WIFR) -- Hundreds joined in today to honor the life of fallen Rockford police officer in the first-ever Jaimie Cox Memorial 5K.

The run started at Roscoe Middle School, passed through the Stone Bridge Train, and ended at Kinnikinnick Creek.

Just under 800 people joined in. Within 48 hours of opening registration, they already had 500 people signed up.

Organizers say today helps Jaimie's legacy live on, and they are grateful for everyone who has provided support to their family.

"We had gotten together as a family and really just thought about hosting some type of fundraising event that really represents Jaimie. He was an avid runner. He loved triathlons, 10K'S, and 5K'S," said race organizer and Jaimie's cousin Adam Cox.

All money raised through the 5K was donated to the Jaimie Cox Memorial Fund and the Rockton Police Association's Jaimie Cox Memorial Scholarship.

That scholarship goes to Honnonegah High School graduates who are pursuing a career in law enforcement.