On a beautiful Sunday morning, nearly 700 runners gathered at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC for the 3rd Annual, "Race to Remember," organized by the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC and benefiting the Memorial Fund.
Cheered on by family and friends (and bagpipers), runners started and ended the 5k race at the Memorial, passing through the heart of our nation's capital and other historic landmarks, including the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and National Mall.
After a mere 16:16 minutes, runner Birhanu Zejeke, age 27, crossed the finish line and won the race with a pace of a 5:14 mile. He was followed closely by Karsten Brown (16:58 minutes), and Antonio Epplito (17:11 minutes). For the women, Katie Schetting, also age 27, finished at 19:07 minutes, with Monica Soto (21:03 minutes), and Cori Sue Morris (21:13 minutes) close behind. (Complete race results are available online.)
Race to Remember was established by the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC to honor the sacrifice of all law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line for our safety and protection by helping to build the National Law Enforcement Museum. The race was a fitting conclusion to the numerous events during the week celebrating the groundbreaking on the National Law Enforcement Museum.
Special thanks to our generous race sponsors - Grand Central Restaurant, Police Federal Credit Union, Rhino Pump House, Leaky Faucet, Town Tavern, DC C.O.P.S. Classic Golf, Safeway, UPS, and Town Danceboutique. The race would not have been possible without the efforts of the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1, Lodge and MPD Assistant Chief Patrick Burke (whose daughter, Bridie Burke came in second in her age division). Also, thanks to the FBI National Academy, who had an awesome showing of over 90 runners. And, of course, all of the volunteers and runners who came out early on a Sunday morning.