Nearly 150 people crossed the finish line at the Trooper Tony Radulescu Memorial 10k/5k over the weekend— marking the fifth anniversary of this special event.
On July 24th, 2016 The WSP Athletic Association and the WSP Spouse’s Association hosted this year’s memorial run at the Academy in Shelton. The day was filled with good food, good company, and of course, a little running (and for those kiddos who didn’t feel like lacing up their running shoes, they got the chance to compete in a “bike rodeo!”)
Gina Miller, who organizes the event, says the day was a great opportunity “to get together, not only remember Tony but all of our fallen in our state and across the country and the world.”
Trooper Radulescu died on February 23, 2012, at the age of 44 from gunshot wounds while conducting a traffic stop in Kitsap County. At the time of his death, Trooper Radulescu had served more than 16 years with the Washington State Patrol. Last February, the Washington State Transportation Commission passed a resolution to rename a portion of State Route 16 as the WSP Trooper Tony Radulescu Memorial Highway. Memorial signs can be seen posted on the highway, one on west bound SR16 near the Kitsap/Pierce County line and the second on east bound SR16 near mile post 28.
The 10k/5k was originally called the Dick Hjemland Run, but the year Trooper Radulescu’s watch ended it was changed to his namesake.
Miller says, “I know Tony would be humbled and truly grateful by all of the love and support he and I continue to get even though he is gone. I still miss him every day and not a day goes by that I don’t think of him. I continue to be amazed and so very proud of Tony for all of the good he has done and continues to do with the lives he has touched.”