On the morning of April 30, 2016, I traveled to the city of Chicago to participate in the 12th annual Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Run To Remember 5K & walk. This was my fourth year participating in the event.
The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation provides assistance to the families of police officers that have been killed in the line of duty and also for the officers who have been catastrophically injured in the line of duty. They have also assisted in the purchase of ballistic vests for officers and aid the families of officers with seriously ill children. They have been able to offer over 7.4 million dollars in assistance. I am delighted to be a part of this every year.
You can learn more about that here.
The event starts at the Gold Families Memorial Park that is located next to Soldier Field. Soldier Field is home to the Chicago Bears. The event goes from the park along Lakeshore Dr. and then circles around along the shore of Lake Michigan. You pass by the Shedd Aquarium and also the Field Museum of Natural History. During the last stretch of the race you pass by photographs of some of the fallen officers. It gives me goose bumps every single time. I am honored to be a part of this.
The race ends near the memorial wall in the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. Participants gather for a few hours to enjoy new friendships and refreshments at the after party. It’s a lot of fun and such a worth cause.
The goal for this year was $175,000 with $190,834.92 raised!!
The Annual Run to Remember is a 5K USATF certified chip-timed 5K Run combined with a noncompetitive 5K walk sponsored by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. The event also features a junior jog, and a family friendly after party with children’s activities. You can participate as a team or as an individual.
You can find out more on the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s website http://www.cpdmemorial.org/
The event next year is on May 6, 2017. Save the date!