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Footrace for the Fallen

When: Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.
Where: Begins at Manchester Police Department headquarters (405 Valley St.) and ends with post-race celebration at Gill Stadium (396 Valley St.)
Cost: $25 online registration through Sept. 30; $30 race-day registration. The first 500 runners to register will receive a free race T-shirt.
Visit: footraceforthefallen.org




Race of remembrance
Annual 5K to honor fallen NH police officers

09/29/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 It’s been almost 10 years to the day since Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic disturbance. Michael Addison, who was later convicted and sentenced to death for Briggs’ murder, now sits on death row.

Briggs died from injuries sustained in the Oct. 16, 2006, incident, and just one year later the first Footrace for the Fallen 5K was held in Manchester in his honor. Today, the race has shifted from a remembrance of Manchester police officers lost in the line of duty to those across the Granite State and beyond. The 10th annual race will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, in Manchester.
Kicking off at 10 a.m. directly in front of the Manchester Police Department’s headquarters, the race will travel as far north as the intersection of Elm and Bridge streets before looping back down Chestnut Street and continuing east on Auburn Street toward the finish line at Gill Stadium.
At the end of the race, enjoy barbecue-style food, a beer garden and music from inside the stadium. One hundred percent of the proceeds will directly benefit programs at the Manchester Police Athletic League.
“It’s a very different race, because there’s a lot of history and emotion behind it,” said Detective Matt Barter of the Manchester Police Department, who has served as the event’s director for the past couple of years. “We always see so many community members that come out to support law enforcement, and I think especially this year, after some of the recent events in Dallas and elsewhere, I think we’ve seen a pretty big outpouring of support in the community and we will see people come out to pay their respects.”
Barter said the race has become one of the largest annual fundraisers for the Manchester Police Athletic League, which has recently undergone renovations. Known colloquially as PAL, the League is a nonprofit after-school athletic program connecting kids with police officers who serve as special coaches and mentors.
“Last year, we had the great Building on Hope renovation that’s brought a lot of attention to PAL, and this is going to continue to help the programming there,” he said. “It’s kind of the perfect fit for the proceeds.”
The race always sees an average of between 600 to 800 runners, with a goal of 1,000. Barter said there is always a pretty significant turnout of local police officers and their family members as well as other other local community members from Manchester and other surrounding cities and towns.
At the finish line, the names of all the officers who have died in the line of duty in the Granite State will be on display, and officers from those departments will be standing to represent them.
“It’s such a great way to finish the race, to see that all come together,” Barter said. 





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