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Watertown police officer to run 200 miles for Richard family

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  May 14, 2013 01:35 PM

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A Watertown police officer will embark on a 200-mile foot race through Vermont this month to raise money for Richard family members from Dorchester, who were deeply affected by the Boston Marathon bombings in April.

In an email forwarded to Boston.com, Watertown police officer Brandon O'Neill called the race "epic" and a challenge, but noted that the race and the fundraising efforts would also be rewarding.

"I will be racing this race in memory of the young victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, 8-year-old Martin Richard, and in honor of his 6-year-old sister, Jane Richard," O'Neill said in an email sent to fellow Watertown police officers. "Jane was severely injured during the bombing, losing one her legs. All funding will be given to Jane Richard for her future activities and recovery, and any fund she wishes to create in the near future."

The race, which will begin May 30 and has a 72-hour time limit, is hosted by Peak Races, an organization that seeks to push people to their physical limits with extreme races and camps.

"This will be my biggest challenge to date, but most importantly will be my most rewarding at the finish," O'Neill wrote.

O'Neill told police officers that he would accept pledges in the denomination of 50 cents per mile. Any donation checks should be made payable to "Jane Richard" and sent to the Watertown Police Department, he said.

For more information, contact the police department at 617-972-6500.

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