Two waves of police officers, civilian employees and community supporters made their way through Durham Region today enroute to Ottawa for the Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Sunday.
A team of cyclists came through the region first, including eight members of the DRPS. A few hours later, the 8th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Run also travelled down Hwy. 2 eastward toward Ottawa.
A total of 240 Peace Officers, from across Ontario, will participate in at least portions of the 460 km run over three days to the Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The runners make this gruelling trek to raise awareness and pay tribute to Canadian peace officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
This year’s run also serves as the kick-off for the “Ride to Remember”. A group of over 100 riders left Toronto this morning to make the journey to Ottawa on two wheels.
Along the route, citizens cheered and honked their horns in support of the athletes.
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Runners on Kingston Road in Pickering (JPG file, 225.7K bytes)