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Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Mayerthorpe Fallen Four Relay/Marathon Runs June 20 & 21

Here is a community based event that has a poignant aspect.  The Fallen 4 Relay/Marathon goes Sunday June 21 from Mayehorpe to Whitecourt.  There is also a Kids Marathon and RCMP Fun/Run on Saturday June 20.  These runs are a memorial in honour of The Fallen Four RCMP (Constables Peter Schiemann,  Leo Johnston, Anthony Gordon, Brock Myrol) who were killed in the line of duty in Mayerthorpe in 2005. 

The community of Mayerthorpe has responded to this tragedy in very positive ways.  They raised the funds and build the Fallen Four Memorial that has thousands of visitors a year who come to pay their respects.  Now they have partnered with their neighbour Whitecourt and host this relay and marathon again in the honour of the Fallen Four.

In my work with the Grande Alberta Economic Region I have had the opportunity to visit Mayerthorpe many time and to get to know the community and many of the people who live there.  This Fallen Four Marathon is just another example of the strength of character of this community and the positive energy and imagination of its engaged citizens.

I encourage anyone interested to sign up for these events and get to know Mayerthorpe and Whitecourt communities and  the people who make these communities great - and support a good cause in the process.