Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel joined 4,500 runners for the inaugural Run to Remember – Los Angeles half-marathon and 10K races on Jan. 24.
Runners included Medical Director Dr. Clayton Kazan, Battalion Chief Anderson Mackey and members of Recruit Class 141. In addition, Fire Explorers from Posts 3, 13 and 20, as well as other Department personnel, volunteered their time to make the run a success.
“It was great to see Dr. Kazan, Chief Mackey, Recruit Class 141 and many other of the Department’s members who participated in this inaugural event,” said Chief Deputy David Richardson, who attended the race. “It was a way to honor and remember our first responders who came before us and those who put their lives on the line every day.”
The original Run to Remember began in Boston in 2005 as a way to honor fallen first responders. The Run to Remember – Los Angeles was established by Los Angeles Police Department officers partnering with the Boston Runners Club.
“I like to do 5Ks and 10Ks, so it was kind of a no-brainer” to participate, Kazan said, adding that as the Department’s medical director, he wants to “lead by example by making healthy choices.”
“It was a win-win all around,” he said.
The half-marathon began at the Grove and ended at Pan Pacific Park. The event was also a fundraiser for the Los Angeles County Firefighters Memorial Committee, LAFD Foundation, CHP 11-99 Foundation, Sheriff’s Youth Foundation and Operation Progress Los Angeles.