RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett

Annual memorial run honours fallen West Shore RCMP constable

Proceeds from run will go towards Const. Sarah Beckett Memorial Scholarship

The first Sarah Beckett Memorial Run takes place in Langford on April 13 and registration for the run is ongoing.

The run honours of Const. Sarah Beckett, a West Shore RCMP officer killed in the line of duty in April, 2016.

Proceeds from the run go towards the Const. Sarah Beckett Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the CRD Traffic Safety Commission. The scholarship, now in its third year, is awarded to a post-secondary student based on their academic achievement, financial need, community service record and an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

READ MORE: West Shore Rotary Lobsterfest raises over $20,000 for memorial playground

“I thought about trying to keep her legacy alive and to be able to touch other people’s lives through that and when I found out about the scholarship through the CRD that’s the only thing I could focus on is trying to get more people into law enforcement,” said Brad Aschenbrenner, Beckett’s widower. “That’s why this run was created.”

Aschenbrenner said there is room for 800 participants in the run and so far, there are over 600 registrants. Those interested in participating can sign up at sarahbeckettmemorialrun.com until April 12.

“The more people the better,” Aschenbrenner said.

The cost of registration is $55 and includes a medal and participant insurance. Aschenbrenner said t-shirts will also be available for registrants, but may run out.

READ MORE: Const. Sarah Beckett’s family honoured on Remembrance Day

The run is family friendly and participants can walk the five kilometers as well. It will start at Belmont Secondary School at 10 a.m. but participants can show up starting at 8 a.m. to collect their race day package. The event will wrap up around 1 p.m.

There is also an option for people living outside of Victoria to join a virtual run. They will be able to register for $40 and complete the run wherever they live. All that is asked of virtual run participants is for them to snap a photo once they’ve completed it and share it to the Sarah Beckett Memorial Run Facebook page with the hashtag RunForBeckett.

Aschenbrenner said he is hoping the scholarship can grow from the run’s proceeds and that maybe more than one scholarship can be given out as well.

”We just want to create something positive out of something so negative,” Aschenbrenner said.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Tenants above Wellburns uncertain after ‘nightmare’ sewage flood ousts them indefinitely

Tenants evacuated after sewage flooded basement of century-old building

Victoria cycling community raises concern over new bike lane designs

High traffic along a corridor needs to be considered, Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition says

Hundreds of students gather at Government House to decorate Christmas Trees

The annual tradition let Grade 2 and 3 students help celebrate for the holidays

Trauma sufferers support group takes shape on West Shore

Aaron’s Society open to more peer support groups with certified trauma practitioners

Mental health call temporarily shuts down Trans Canada Highway in View Royal

West Shore RCMP cite 14 percent increase in calls concerning mental health in 2019

VIDEO: John Lennon’s iconic Rolls Royce rolls into Camosun for annual checkup

The RBCM, Camosun College and Carriageworks Restorations teamed up to care for the car

POLL: Will you be donating to charities over the holiday season?

Many here in Victoria joined others around the world to take part… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 3

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

VIDEO: Rockslide closes part of Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

Petition calls for appeal of ex-Burns Lake mayor’s sentence for sex assault

Prosecution service says Luke Strimbold’s case is under review

Northwest B.C. wildlife shelter rescues particularly tiny bear cub

Shelter co-founder says the cub weighs less than a third of what it should at this time of year

BC firefighters to help battle Australian bushfires

Canada sent 22 people, including 7 from B.C.

B.C. NDP touts the end of MSP premiums

Horgan, James held news conference to reiterate that people will get their last bill this month

Oscar Hickes: Longest running hockey tournament on Vancouver Island cancelled

Patrick Murray, one of the organizers for the tournament, broke the sad news on social media.

Most Read