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Run for Rodney 5K continues Holder's legacy to serve and protect

By Kristen Pope, Reporter, kpope@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 02 2013 07:12:22 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 02 2013 08:01:32 PM CST
ABILENE, TX -

The third annual 5K "Run for Rodney" kicked off at Red Bud Park bright and early Saturday morning.

Officer Rodney Holder was killed when a car hit his motorcycle in 2010. He was on duty. Hundreds of people came out to run and support Holder's wife Annemarie and continue his legacy to serve and protect.

"I've met several families that are in our position and I will say we know that the support we have is unique," said Holder. "It was very important to him to serve and protect his community so we are just trying to continue that mission of his."

Rodney Holder's partner lead the race on a motorcycle, which was one of the things Rodney loved to do.

He and I would come in a lot of times on Saturdays and escort runs like this, bicycle races and he got the biggest thrill out of doing things like this," said Officer Mike Riker.

Remembering Rodney goes beyond the 5K race. There is also a scholarship in his name.

"It's based on community service," said Holder. "We want to continue that important mission of rewarding those who are giving back to their community."

Although Annemarie appreciates the support, she says she ultimately relies on a higher power to get her through this tragedy.

Holder said, "Faith is a big part if who we are and without the strength that comes from God, we couldn't do this."

Holder also said she hopes to continue the race and memorial foundation for many years to come.

Graduating high school seniors or enrolled college students of the Taylor County Sheriff's office, Abilene Police and Fire Departments can apply for the scholarship. Last year, the foundation was able to award four scholarships.