UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Some light rain showers filled the air Saturday morning in Utica, but those showers didn't stop 180 runners and walkers from honoring an MVCC professor killed by a drunk driver.
The 17th Annual Ted Moore Run & Walk took place on the very campus Moore taught at before being struck and killed by a drunk driver while out for a run himself back in December of 1996.
Race Director Deanna Ferro-Aurience says money raised will be contributed to the Ted Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund to fund a scholarship for a math student at MVCC. Moore was a math professor.
Ferro-Aureience says besides raising money, there is another main goal of this event "We want to make sure anyone that goes out and is drinking gets a designated driver and doesn't get behind the wheel of a car."
This year there were more members of law enforcement taking part in the race, the very officers who are out enforcing the drunk driving laws each and every day.
Ferro-Aureience says this year the race committee decided to have a new law enforcement challenge, "We're trying to get the law enforcement out there enforcing the laws involved, so this year we have four different agencies who are out out competing for the law enforcement trophy."
Among those law enforcement officers, New York State Police Lt. Musco Millner, "I was fortunate to have Professor Moore as a teacher back in 1988 and 1989. It was a tragic event that occurred, but it's nice to see something positive come out of something tragic. It's a blessing to be here, it's a blessing to finish and God Bless the Moore family."
Patrolman Brian Stevens with the Rome Police Department says the law enforcement challenge is a great idea, "It's great to see all the law enforcement out here and in reality law enforcement as a whole is one big family, so we all get along great and its great to see everyone out here supporting this cause."