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The National Peace Officers’ Memorial “Run to Remember” had a stop in Cobourg this evening – at the Chris Garrett Park.  The run is from Toronto to Ottawa over three days although the runners don’t run the entire distance – for example, today’s run from Toronto was 39Km in four segments.  There were 275 runners representing 22 services – this year more than half were women.  It was started in 2005 by Peel Police with 24 runners and has grown steadily since then.  The primary objective is to raise awareness and focus attention on the annual Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Ottawa on the last Sunday in September.  The runners will be staying overnight at the Best Western and tomorrow will head to Brockville with three segments totaling 26.7Km.  By the time they are in Ottawa, they will have run a total of 91.7km.

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.

Mayor Brocanier spoke to the group and said that he can relate to remembering a lost loved one – he was emotional when he mentioned how he had lost his son 14 years ago in a traffic accident.

Besides raising awareness of the Memorial Service in Ottawa, the run’s other objective is to raise funds for Trust funds, Donations towards the construction of Memorials, Donations to assist with the funding of the annual Memorial Service and Donations to help fund any annual Provincial Memorial Service established to recognize fallen peace officers in their Province.  There’s more at the Memorial Run’s web site.   Included on that site is a map and details of the routes and the segments (go to this page).

Participants now include the survivors - those family members left behind after the loss of a Peace Officer killed in the line of duty.  In the photos below, you can see Chris Garrett’s mother and sister greeting the runners. Many of the runners have adopted a tradition of touching the memorial as they arrive at the park.

Memorial Run Memorial Run

Memorial Run Memorial Run

Memorial Run Memorial Run


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