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Paying tribute during annual Three Father’s Run

By Tara Clow Jun 3, 2024 | 1:19 PM

Hundreds will run on Father’s Day for three fallen RCMP officers who can only be with their children in spirit.

It’s the 11th annual Three Fathers Run held in Greater Moncton.

“The importance of this run is to honour and remember the sacrifices of three amazing police officers, and it’s to bring the community together on Father’s Day and raise funds for local students to further their education goals,” Board Director Gino Legacy says.

Eighteen students from the six local high schools receive scholarships. $135, 000 has been handed out in bursaries since the event began in 2014.

This event sees over 600 participants each year, but there is also a virtual component. Legacy says around 100 runners/walkers have signed up for that this year.

You can register until the day before the event on June 16th.

Start Line:
Bore Park – Amphitheatre
10 Bendview Court

Finish Line:
Honour Garden (RCMP Monument)
Riverfront Park
Behind 160 Assomption Blvd.

Participants walk or run three, five or ten kilometres in honour of Constables Fabrice Gevauden, Dave Ross and Doug Larche, who were tragically shot and killed on June 4, 2014.

Medals for those who cross the finish line have been designed with a special significance, with a porch light for 2024.

“The RCMP asked that everybody in Moncton keep their porch lights on at night, to help them in their search after the tragedy happened. Moncton responded.  Not only Moncton, but everybody across Canada, and overseas were putting their porch lights on, and taking pictures and posting them on social media in support of what happened here in Moncton,” Legacy says.

You don’t have to be a marathon runner to take part. Legacy says it has become an annual tradition for a lot of families.

Volunteers are also always needed to help with the Three Father’s event.

“We need people to help at our water stations, set up the barricades, and direct runners where to go. There’s even a food tent where we have where they’re giving out oranges and bananas and granola bars,” Legacy adds.

More details on how to volunteer or register for the event can be found on the Three Fathers Memorial Run website.