“We will never forget you,” said Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.
The 10th anniversary of the three-day, 460 km relay kicked off in Toronto, with runners and cyclists heading to the Canadian Peace and Police Officers Memorial on Parliament Hill.
Hundreds of cops, including 12 Ottawa Police members, took part.
The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Run was established in 2005 by the Peel Regional Police running team, the Pacers.
Most of the original crew “including myself,” have participated annually, said PRP Staff Supt. Randy Patrick.
An estimated $158,000 has already been raised over the decade, and by 2015, it should increase to $180,000 he added.
“We’ve come a long way in 10 years,” he said.
Running or cycling is a way of fulfilling the pledge to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to serve others.
Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa Centre MPP and Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services took part in the relay.
“This was absolutely an inspiring run for me, and I will never forget it,” said Naqvi, adding his grandfather was a police officer.
“I was very young when he passed away. I never got to thank him, ever,” he said.
A memorial service takes place Sunday on Parliament Hill at 11 a.m.