RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) -- More than 600 people participated in the first Trooper Cameron Ponder Memorial 5K/10K Saturday at North Hardin High School.

Ponder, 31, was a Kentucky State Police trooper who was shot and killed Sept. 13 following a traffic stop in Lyon County in the southwestern part of the state. He was a Navy veteran who had been on the state police force less than a year.

The race was organized by Brad and Aimee Hunt, both of whom were classmates and friends with Ponder.

They had hoped to register 400 people for the race. At the end of the day, 637 people participated in the event.

All proceeds from the Trooper Cameron Ponder Memorial 5K/10K will go toward a scholarship that will be given to a high school senior from Hardin County.

"He was just the most friendly person, he never met a stranger," Hunt said, adding that the goal of the race is to honor Ponder for "how he lived his life and what he stood for, not how he died."

During the opening ceremony on Saturday, a three-man team brought down an American flag, the Kentucky State Police flag and a Thin Blue Line flag from 5,000 feet. The KSP flag was made by Walker Flags out of Louisville and was donated for this event.

In addition, Kentucky Pork Producers, the Hardin County Cattleman's Association and the Hardin County Young Farmers Association donated over 500 pork burgers and hamburgers for the race.

The Joseph Cameron Ponder Memorial Fund has been established at The Cecilian Bank in Hardin County and will "carry on Cameron's passion for helping others."

To contribute to the TRP Joseph Cameron Ponder Memorial Fund, you can stop by any of The Cecilian Bank locations, which can be found here. You can also mail a donation to P.O. Box 163 Rineyville, Ky. 40162.

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