Keith's Race is a 5K, walk-run across the Brooklyn Bridge, organized in loving memory of Sgt. Keith A. Ferguson. The race is organized by Keith's family as well as friends and loved ones who continue to share his memory. The race has grown by the hundreds each year since it's founding in 2004. All proceeds go toward the Sgt. Keith Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Fund, founded by Keith's mother, Sonia Cunningham, at UT Brownsville where she worked as nurse educator. Each year the scholarship is awarded to one Criminal Justice student.
Check out our Facebook page to see photos of previous races and stay involved!
The race takes place every first Sunday of August. This coming race is on August 7, 2016
August 7th, 2016
August 6th, 2017
August 5th, 2018
For registration and race results visit nycruns.com and active.com
The race starts and ends at City Hall. Participants run from City Hall, in Manhattan, across the brooklyn Bridge to Adams St, in Brooklyn and then back.
Keith A. Ferguson was a native New Yorker and member of the NYPD Emergency Services Unit, Truck 7. Keith served with the NYPD for 17 years as a patrolman, detective and then sergeant. He worked in Narcotics, Street Crimes, Auto-crimes, Midtown South, the 1st and 67th Precincts before the ESU. Keith was indeed a happy Police Officer, and once he decided it was what he wanted to pursue as a life career, he never looked back.
Keith's family history in brief. He was the first grandchild for both sides. He attended school in N.Y.C. and the School at Church Farm in Paoli Pa. He attended Allegheny College in PA, and John Jay College in N.Y.C. He was his Father's best friend, he adored his aunts and they returned the sentiment. He was an "unabashed mama's boy," so identified by his brother. His grandparents thought he was the host with the most. His maternal grandfather referred to him as the "Sultan."
Keith was an athlete who excelled in track and Field events at The School at Church Farm. He did not play sports in college but he did manage one of the teams as a part of his scholarship employment.
Keith had a severe case of wanderlust. He traveled to all the countries in Western Europe, as well as countries in the former soviet block, Australia, Venezuela, Cuba, St. Kitts, Aruba, St Barts, Saba, St. Martins, Serbia, Croatia, Jamaica.
We are the Cunningham family. You can find us in several states and on various web pages. Sonia Cunningham is Keith's mom. Victor is Keith’s dad. Laird is Keith's brother. We started the race and the scholarship after Keith's death at the suggestion of Keith's cousin, Max. We give all the proceeds to the scholarship fund. The race is supported entirely by volunteers, made up of our extended family of Cunninghams, Fergusons and Santores, a network of wonderful friends and the kindness of people who support our efforts.
If you are not able to attend the race, we gladly accept donations. All funds are given as scholarships to students studying criminal justice and forensic, and college scholarships to children of NYPD officers each year. It is the best way for us to blend the marriage of University system where Sonia is a tenured professor of nursing and the New York City police department that Keith so proudly served. We invite you to contact us or visit our photo page and join in the excitement. Each donation, no matter how humble, helps grow the mind of a young person in the best way we know, through education. Most importantly, it honors Keith’s generous nature and kindness of spirit in the most meaningful way-helping others.
Volunteer opportunities are available for students looking to fulfill community service, for the promotion of the event and during operations. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com