Annual snow dash honors Brian Aselton
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jan. 13, 2012
There was no snow, but the annual Officer Brian Aselton Snow Dash drew nearly 300 runners for an event that honored the memory of an East Hartford officer killed in the line of duty. Aselton was shot and killed in 1999, at the age of 26, when he interupted a burglary in process.
Officer Nick Egan, a member of the New Britain police force, participated in the 5K run with his K-9 dog. “I'm here to show my support – it's for a good cause,'' Egan said. The race, which is one of three annual events that honor Aselton, raises scholarship funds for students from law enforcement families or those studying criminal justice. The Brian Aselton foundation also hosts a motorcyle run and a blood drive.
The 5K event has become popular with runners because they can participate in a race and also support the cause. Michael Veronese made the run for the first time this year. “I usually participate in the motorcyle ride, but this my first time in the race,'' Veronese said. “I grew up in this area, I met officer Aselton – its just a really good cause to be a part of.''
Erica Peace Cooper, a Bolton resident, was also participating for the first time. “I'm a runner, and this is a good cause, so when I heard about it, I decided to come out,'' she said.
The race took place at the Langford School in unseasonably-warm 40 degree temperatures. As the runners lined up for the start of the race, assistant parks director Jim Uhrig asked for a moment of the silence in memory of Aselton and others killed in the line of duty. “Let's remember Brian and the sacrifice of those who put their lives on the line every day,'' he said.
John Busque, a 19-year-old member of the University of Hartford cross country team, broke away from the pack and headed toward the finish line well ahead of the rest of the race participants. “It's a good cause, and I really enjoy it,'' said Busque, who came in second in the race last year. Bill Broswith, of West Hartord, came in second this year, and Adam Bulewich, of Windsor, placed third.