Organizers of the annual Jamie Cochrane Memorial Road Race are expecting a large turnout again this Sunday, as friends and family raise money for Quincy students and families.
Among those on hand will be US Senator Scott Brown, who will sponsor a water stop along the race route and address the runners before the start of the race.
The race, now in its fifth year, is held in memory of Jamie Cochrane, a Quincy resident and eight-year veteran of the Quincy Police Department who was killed in a motorcycle crash on Sept. 10, 2006.
Soon after his death, friends started a fundraiser to help Cochrane’s widow. It was such a success that members of the US Marshal William F. Degan Road Race, who were hosting their 15th and final year of their run, asked the group to carry on the race in memory of Cochrane.
Since then, the race has averaged 1,000 runners taking part in the 5K and 10K races, and an additional 300 children ages 2-10 participating in the 5K fun run.
After expenses from the race, the event typically brings in around $25,000. Six $1,000 scholarships are given to Quincy students – two Quincy High School students, two North Quincy High students, and two students who live in Quincy and attend private schools.
The remaining funding goes to charitable organizations throughout the town, said Jennifer Tapper, one of the race directors.
“In addition to the scholarships, we make charitable donations to organizations in the South Shore. Dove works in Quincy and works hand in hand with the Quincy police. [We also donate to] the Salvation Army in Quincy, the Quincy Food Bank, Germantown Neighborhood Center…we provide food and cash donations, care packs for soldiers, officer awareness. Any organization that comes to us with a request, we try to [help] if they are based in this area,” Tapper said.
The fund-raiser also donates gifts and gift cards to families in need around Christmastime to bring some holiday cheer to their children.
The quest to give back to the community is done not only in Cochrane’s memory, but also in his spirit.
“Jamie had always been a very community-oriented person in his professional and personal life,” Tapper said. “He would have been 44 years old yesterday [Sept. 6] and the anniversary of his death is Monday, so it’s to pay tribute to a colleague we all miss very much.”
Runners and walkers will gather at Pageant Field on Sunday at 10 a.m., running along the scenic Quincy Shore Drive. Food, face painting, moonwalks, and music will also be available at the event.
For more information on the race, visit the race’s website.Applications for the run can also be picked up at the Quincy Police Department.
Pre-Registration and number pick-up will be held on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Pageant Field.