What we do and why we do it
We are an international group of dedicated runners and Survivors from Emergency Services and the Military.
During National Police week, we run a 3 day, 150-mile relay style race from the Philadelphia Navy Yard to the Washington D.C. National Police Memorial. We run to honor law enforcement officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the communities they serve and to also honor their survivors.
LEMR was started in 1996 with two runners, two support personnel and two support vehicles. In 2021 we will be running for the 25th year with more than 175 runners participating.
This run was started in 1996 with 4 volunteer runners and two support vehicles. There were two officers from the Philadelphia Police department and two officers from the Delaware River Port Authority Police department. They started on this run during National police week as friends to honor the family members and survivors of officers killed in the line of duty.
Each year thereafter, they added new runners and key people to advance their mission. In 2019, 175 runners and support personnel from 9 states and Canada started out from the Philadelphia Naval yard.