The Los Angeles Run to Remember Half Marathon took place on the weekend in California. Weyburn's Constable Jeff Bartsch ran as the only Canadian police officer. He ran in uniform carrying three Canadian flags representing three fallen officers who died in service to their communities.

"It went very well. Obviously, it was very hot, there was no way I could have trained for the heat," explained Bartsch who has experience and knowledge of running in summertime races.

There were 100 uniformed police officers running who each carried flags to honour fallen officers. There were 5600 runners in total including members of the public.

The police officers group finished the half-marathon in 2 hours 52 minutes.

Bartsch received a lot of attention as the only Canadian flag-carrying police officer, in uniform as people asked to take selfies with him, hugs and turned heads.

Bartsch was originally asked to take part in the run by invitation through social media.

"I am very glad I did. It was a really rewarding experience. Something I'll never forget. It ended up actually being something more than what I expected. So that's a really good thing."

There was also a young girl who had connected with Bartsch through her Dad's social media account who lives in Nevada. Since the shooting in Las Vegas last year, she has been selling lemonade to raise money for the families of fallen officers.

"By the time I got down to the race expo the day before, she was all smiles and was giving me cups of lemonade."

Bartsch noted how it was good to see the positive influence on a younger generation.

To recover, Bartsch used a foam roller and drank a lot to refill fluids. He also took a walk.

"Things are a little bit sore today in my hips and legs but other than that I'm feeling 100%."

Bartsch is very grateful for the support by Weyburn's police service and the community who helped him raise around $1,100. The total went from $340 to the $1,100 in one day.

"I just want to thank each and every person who supported me and also the ones who a lot of money."

"If someone was to tell me before I came to Weyburn to work that I would have so much support from the community and the police service, I probably wouldn't believe you."

He added Weyburn is on the map for those down in Los Angeles as a generous city.

 

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