5K honors memory of Deputy U.S. Marshal

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BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) - Over 400 people participated in an annual run honoring a Deputy U.S. Marshal who lost his life in the line of duty.

This was the 9th year for the Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K race named after the Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to the Northern District of West Virginia who was killed in the line of duty in 2011.

The race brings together runners of all ages and skill levels.

Local police form teams and compete against one another for “Top Cop”.

Hotsinpiller’s brother says they see this as a positive way to celebrate the lives of service men and women who gave it all and hopes to use online registration to expand the race.

"We're really gonna push hard on virtual and get people from all over the country to try to join in and celebrate not only my brother but to all law enforcement officers that are killed in the line of duty," said Dustin Hotsinpiller

All race proceeds-support the James and Derek Hotsinpiller Scholarship Fund.

For their 10th year, they have a goal of having 1,000 people participate.

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