Below are some photos from the morning and some information about the run from the National Peace Officers' Memorial 'Run to Remember' website.
From the National Peace Officers' Memorial Run website: "The primary objective of the National Peace Officers’ Memorial ‘Run to Remember’ is to raise awareness and focus attention on the annual Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. The annual Service is held on the last Sunday of September in Ottawa with the run occurring over a three day period immediately preceding it.
The ‘Run to Remember’ is a 460 km relay that makes it’s way through many communities between the start at the Ontario Police Memorial site in Toronto to the end at the National Memorial on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Not only does the run raise awareness about the Memorial Service it also gives peace officers and citizens along the route the opportunity to participate in some small way if they are unable to attend the actual Memorial Service.
For the runners that participate in the three day relay it is their way of fulfilling that pledge, that promise, that they will not forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their community, their province and indeed their country. The long and sometimes gruelling hours of running allow the participants the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of those brave officers whose names are etched on the Memorial Wall in Ottawa and their families who have had to endure the pain of their loss.
- Besides raising awareness of the Memorial Service in Ottawa the run’s other objective is to raise funds for the following:
- Trust funds established for the family of officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty
- Donations towards the construction of any Memorial being built in memory of fallen peace officers
- Donations to the National Police and Memorial Officers memorial Fund to assist with the funding of the annual Memorial Service
- Donations to help fund any annual Provincial Memorial Service established to recognize fallen peace officers in their Province."