Boston’s Run to Remember
Seeks Teams of First Responders Nationwide to Compete in Half Marathon
Created to honor
first responders, the popular Memorial Day weekend road race through historic
downtown Boston is filling fast
BOSTON (February 29, 2016) ÛÓ Boston’s
Run to Remember, the only road race through historic downtown Boston to honor
fallen first responders, is seeking teams of police, fire and any first
responder departments from around the nation to compete in the half marathon at
the May 29 event.
Boston’s Run to Remember
organizers on Monday announced the creation of the First Responder Challenge,
where teams with a minimum of five runners from any first responder department
in the U.S. compete in the half marathon for a chance to win bragging rights
and be one of the three fastest departments to split a cash prize of $10,000
for the charity of their choice.
The challenge was formerly known as
the Law Enforcement Challenge and was limited to police departments only.
this year to expand the program to include any first responders, including
firefighters, paramedics and EMTs, from across the country that want to form a
team or multiple teams and take part,” Race Director Steve Balfour said. “In
past years, we’ve drawn police officers from Los Angeles, New York City,
throughout New England and elsewhere to take on our many Boston-area
departments. We are excited to be able to add firefighters and other emergency
service providers to our race this year.”
first responder department entering the challenge can have a team ÛÓ regardless
of skill level ÛÓ as long as they have five or more runners. Departments can
field multiple teams if they choose. All runners that are a part of the First
Responder Challenge must be sworn, active officers, firefighters or service
personnel at the time of the race. Prizes will be awarded to the top three
teams in the half marathon.
For more info
on the challenge, please contact Brigit at BostonRuntoRemember@gmail.com
registration for the half marathon and 5-mile events at Boston’s Run to
Remember is ongoing at www.bostonsruntoremember.com.
Organizers are urging runners to sign up soon as the popular Memorial Day
weekend event is already half full and also to take advantage of the Early Bird
registration fee of $85.
half marathon and 5-mile races, set for Sunday, May 29, start at the Seaport
World Trade Center in downtown Boston. This is the 12th year for the annual
charity event, created as a tribute to Massachusetts law enforcement officers
killed in the line of duty.
Boston’s Run to Remember is produced by a handful of police
officers, detectives and their supporters who volunteer their time to create,
organize and manage the race. Proceeds benefit the community and children’s
programs of the police department running club.
organizers are planning for a field size of approximately 10,000. Last year,
9,438 runners crossed the finish line in the two races.
feature scenic loop courses that start at the Seaport World Trade Center and wind through historic downtown
Boston, with the half marathon crossing over the Charles River along Memorial
Drive in Cambridge before looping back.
additional information, find the race on Facebook or Twitter and visit the website at www.bostonsruntoremember.com. For those who cannot run this year
but want to take part, donations may be made to Boston’s Run to Remember and
sent to P.O. Box 760670, Melrose, MA 02176.