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Second annual Priebe 1062 run canceled due to weather; other events planned to benefit injured Springfield officer

Hundreds of people raced in the 2nd annual Priebe run. Priebe Strong 1062 is dedicated to Mark...
Hundreds of people raced in the 2nd annual Priebe run. Priebe Strong 1062 is dedicated to Mark Priebe and his family in light of the tragedy that struck in 2020.(KY3)
Published: Oct. 23, 2021 at 7:09 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2021 at 10:55 AM CDT
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REPUBLIC, Mo. (KY3) - Hundreds of people were planning to run in the second annual Priebe Strong 1062 Run on Saturday, but the event was canceled due to inclement weather.

The race will not be rescheduled, but the opening ceremony and other events went on this morning indoors in Republic.

The race is dedicated to Mark Priebe and his family in light of the tragedy that struck in June 2020. Last year, the run was organized as a community effort to raise funds to help the Priebe family. Now, the money raised is being used to help other officers who were injured on the job and their families.

“The Priebe family is dear to our family and to our community,” said event coordinator Anne Buchanan. “We wanted to give back, and many people reached out with support. We have an amazing community here in Republic. We want to celebrate and honor those who have served our community and the blue line family and respect them.”

The family of Blaize Madrid-Evans, whose life was lost in the line of duty, was honored in the opening ceremony. Madrid-Evans had donated a kidney to Officer Priebe.

On Friday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made a stop to Republic to attend a dinner planned before the race.

Participants had the option to sign up for a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon.

“It’s fun to watch them cross that finish line, and to be able to know that they did something to make a difference, they’re actually improving others by blessing them with their charitable funds,” said Buchanan.

Registration for the Priebe 1062 is closed, but runners can participate in a virtual race through Nov. 6.

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