The fourth annual “Run to Remember — Los Angeles” honoring fallen first responders, military veterans and their families was held Sunday on a new course beginning in Century City.
More than 6,000 people registered for the run, including 2,600 police officers or firefighters from 166 agencies worldwide, organizers said.
“It means a lot to us to serve the community, to keep it safe, so when people come out and support us and help us remember, it makes it all worth it,” Bell Police Department Officer Javier Avila told CBS2.
More than 60 chiefs and commanders were to march or run in full uniform including Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Assistant Sheriff Maria R. Hernandez, Hawthorne Police Department Chief Michael Ishii and USC’s Chief of Police, John Thomas in honor of the 145 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2018, organizers said.
“Today we run, we march, we stand for that sacrifice,” Moore said. “We stand with the promise that we will never forget.”
Hawthorne Police Department Officer Diane Carmona completed the 10K in uniform in one hour, 15 minutes, three seconds.
“I’m not even a runner but for this, in particular, you just run with your heart,” Carmona told CBS2. “The pain’s only temporary, but what their families have to go through and really feel for the rest of their lives is worse.”
A 5K was added to the run, which also consists of a 10K and a 13.1-mile half-marathon.
The half-marathon was won by Scott Lankford of Simi Valley in 1:11:07, the 10K by Kelli Capel of Torrance in 38:04 and the 5K by David Cardona of Culver City in 16:46.
All three courses began and ended at the Westfield Century City shopping center and took runners through the Fox Studios lot.
The 10K and half-marathon courses included Beverly Hills famed shopping street Rodeo Drive.
The half-marathon extended east to the intersections of San Vicente and La Cienega boulevards in West Hollywood and La Cienega and Pico boulevards in the Pico-Robertson district.
Proceeds from the race benefited:
— Operation Progress Los Angeles, a mentoring and scholarship program that involves Catholic schools and LAPD officers;
— the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, which conducts after-school programs; and
— the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation, which both provide funding for equipment, training and public outreach.
The run was initially inspired by Boston’s “Run to Remember,” which began in 2005.
After years of sending Los Angeles Police Department teams to run in the Boston race, a group of Los Angeles officers partnered with the Boston Police Runners Club to establish “Run to Remember — Los Angeles,” organizers said.
The run began at The Grove shopping center and took runners through Hollywood, including Paramount Studios, for its first three years.