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Race Review: Boston Run to Remember

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The weather report in Boston could have scared off any runner this weekend from venturing out to run 9th annual Boston’s Run to Remember 5 miler and half marathon.

Rain, wind, and cold threatened to make this amazing race for honoring Massachusetts Police officers less than perfect. However, just as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis spoke about the bravery of Bostonians “running to trouble”, the skies parted and the race began.MAP-THE-RACE-icon

This race was different than the eight previous. Boston has suffered a tremendous loss from the Boston Marathon bombings. Officer Sean Collier of the MIT Police was honored for his valiant service. He was spoken of with such love and affection by his police chief. Members of his family and friends were at the front of the pack for the half marathon. All racers pinned his number 179 to their backs during the race.

Even still, this race honored all police officers who serve us. There were Albany, New York City, and Chicago police that came to run. At around the 4 mile mark, near MIT, police and their cruisers cheered for 1/4 mile, never stopping the encouragement.

The Boston Run to Remember is a race that should be on your must-do list. Plenty of course support, although security was extremely tight. Water stops stocked with more than enough hydration. GU gels given at mile 8. And, a beautiful race, in the heart of Boston.

It’s a great way to honor those who serve us on a weekend that deserves the attention.

Photos and article by Danielle Bressoud.

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