North Carolina State Trooper Kevin Conner lost his life in the line of duty in 2018. Every year since, the Kevin Conner Memorial 5K has raised money for scholarships in Columbus and Bladen Counties.

A Columbus County State Trooper will be honored once again, with the Trooper Kevin Conner Memorial Run on October 15.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Master Trooper Kevin Conner lost his life when he was killed during a traffic stop on October 17, 2018. He left behind his wife, Miranda, and his children, Briley and Braxson.

The Bladenboro native had always wanted to be a state trooper, and according to the memorial website built in his honor, he was able to make that dream come true in 2007.

After his death, to honor the 1-year anniversary, the first annual Trooper Kevin Conner Memorial Run was held in Columbus County. It was the largest organized race ever held in the county, with over 900 participants.

On October 15 of this year, the 4th annual race will be held, and proceeds will go into a scholarship fund in Conner’s memory. To date, the Trooper Kevin Conner Memorial Foundation has given over $10,000 in college scholarships to students in Columbus and Bladen Counties.

Organizers say this year’s event will be the biggest and best one yet, with a 5k and 1-mile run planned, as well as a full day of celebration, including a cornhole tournament, raffles, kids activities, food trucks and more.

If you’re interested in sponsoring this year’s event, please contact Emily Dowless at 910-876-0813 for more information.

If you would like to register to participate in the race, you can go to:

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