This year marked the 10-year anniversary of the Guardians of the Night K9 5K for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
The event started ten years ago as a way to raise vital funds to support and protect all of the dogs in the Richland County Sheriff's Department K9 Unit. It took on an additional meaning in 2011, when K9 Fargo was killed in the line of duty. The event now serves as a way to honor Fargo’s memory while ensuring that all of the dogs in the K9 unit have food and safety equipment, including custom-fit ballistic vests.
Montgomery Construction teamed up with the Richland County Sheriff's K9 Department this year to help support and raise awareness for the Guardians of the Night 5K. Montgomery Construction’s marketing team created an informative video of the K9s, which was shared on social media over 700 times.
Typically the 5K is held at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in 2019 but this year, in light of COVID-19 concerns, Richland County Sheriff K9 Department’s decided to make the Guardians of the Night K9 5K a virtual event, opening it up to everyone all over the world.
The first-ever virtual event, sponsored by Montgomery Construction, proved to be a great success! Participants had a week to complete the 5K and submit their results. There was a record registration with 456 participants signing up from across the country and around the world, including places such as Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and more. All participants received a Richland County Sheriff’s Department t-shirt and custom sheriff’s department and Montgomery Construction neck gaiter.
The Richland County Sheriff's Department K9 unit states, “even though we couldn’t get together with our community, we were thrilled to be able to keep the tradition alive for a 10th year.”
The sheriff’s department is hopeful that they will be able to bring the community back together for a live event next year, and also offer the virtual option again for the supporters who aren’t local.