Run to Remember Seeks Teams of First Responders
Nationwide to Compete in Half Marathon Challenge
to honor first responders, the popular Memorial Day
weekend road race through historic downtown Boston is
(February 29, 2016) – 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.
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.
challenge was formerly known as the Law Enforcement
Challenge and was limited to police departments only.
decided 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 – regardless of skill level – 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.
more info on the challenge, please contact Brigit at BostonRuntoRemember@gmail.com
addition, 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.
event’s 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.
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.
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
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.