Last Sunday, 6000+ participants including 3000 police officers, firefighters and active duty military personnel from 180 Departments nationwide, surviving family members from police and fire departments and 25 members of the Burn Family completed the 4th Annual Run To Remember at Westfield/Century City. We had runners completing a 5k, 10k and 1/2 marathon.
Our very own Burn client Elex Michaelson (5p+10p Anchor of Fox News) was the Master of Ceremonies. Elex welcomed Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chief of Police Mike Moore, and the entire Command staff who were walking in solidarity - each carrying a flag to honor every fallen first responder who lost their life in the line of duty in 2018.
I wish you could have been there. The race was filled with emotion, meaning, gratitude. There was an outpouring of honor and respect. Every runner took pride in their pursuit; you could see it in their faces and feel the passion in the air. All the participants - ranging from ages 4 to 95 - had a different reason to run this race- to honor and remember the men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day. It is a privilege to be able to recognize these men and women and offer tribute to them and the surviving families. Looking across the street filled with a sea of people, it brought tears to my eyes.
At Burn 60, we were honored to sponsor of Run To Remember. A huge shout and thanks to our amazing team of Burn Racers: Samantha Ginsburg, Galit, Gurman, Carly Cohen, Tonie, Stephan, Jon Azulay, Kyle Montalto, Youli Zheng, Lizzie Harari, Monique and Taylor Holden, Samantha Ginsburg, Belle, Angel, Shelby Davis, Tracy Kim, Emily Plotkin, Ashley Murdock, Denise Oh, Annie Otturo, Michael Ritorto, Kelsey Price, Austin Dutera, Becky and Joe Burns,Cesar Ramos, Jose Estrada, Andrew Hernandez, Rachel Sanchez, Kris Cueva, Alex Cueva and their Dad Juan Cueva. And Elex Michaelson jumped off the stage and ran the 5k after he sounded the starting horn. (Please forgive me if I missed anyone.)
I had the privilege of running alongside Commander Alan Hamilton - Valley Bureau. Commander Hamilton was dressed in full uniform carrying a flag honoring Officer Conrad Gary from Chicago, IL. who died December 17, 2018. As we ran through the back lot of Fox Studios, the fence was lined with posters of every fallen first responder in 2018. Commander Hamilton stopped and showed me the name of one of his partners who was killed in the line of duty. I took a moment to honor his memory. With mixed emotions, I was proud to continue down the road of names and faces paying tribute to these men and women who lost their lives…. protecting us. I was proud that we were continuing to honor their lives and their families. They would never be forgotten.
Special thanks to our Race Director, Mark Kirunchyk, Officer Jonny C. my husband (who is also a police officer. ) With out them, this race would not be possible.