On Saturday, May, 14, 2005 at 11:00am, the 2 nd Annual Ellie's Run stepped off from Marshfield High School. Over 1500 individuals registered for this year's race. The proceeds of this year's event will go to the Trooper Ellen Engelhardt Fund . A portion of the proceeds will be earmarked for donation(s) that will be made in Ellen's name to a research group(s) in the field of Traumatic Brain Injury to help assist them with their important work.
On July 26, 2003, Massachusetts State Police Trooper Ellen Engelhardt was assigned to patrol duties out of the Bourne barracks. As she was nearing the end of her shift, she positioned her cruiser in the breakdown lane of Route 25 southbound in Wareham as part of her on-going investigation of an earlier collision. Trooper Engelhardt's cruiser was struck in the rear causing her to suffer life-threatening injuries. She has endured many surgeries and intense rehabilitation. Despite the devastating injuries she suffered, surrounded by family and friends, she continues to fight.
This run is held annually to recognize Trooper Englehardt's sacrifices and to demonstrate appreciation for her dedication to her work. It is also an opportunity to show Ellen's family and closest friends, affectionately referred to as Team Englehardt, that the team is getting bigger each day.
The Massachusetts State Police would like to thank the Town of Marshfield and Team Englehardt for hosting such a worthwhile and successful event. The State Police would also like to commend all of the runners who ran the race, all of the donors who made contributions, and all of the many volunteers without whose help this event would not have been possible.