‘She touched a lot of lives’: Memorial run for West Shore RCMP officer killed in the line of duty

annual Sarah Beckett Memorial Run Funds vital services while honoring the West Shore RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett died in the line of duty.

Beckett was 32 years old when her police car was hit by a DUI in 2016. The run in her honor honors her life as a Mountie, mother, wife and friend – while providing aid to nonprofits in the greater Victoria area.

The run/walk will be held at Starlight Stadium in Langford on May 13th with proceeds going to BGC South Vancouver Island and the Goldstream Food Bank.

Beckett’s widower Brad Aschenbrenner, whose numbers are capped at 800 this year, said he expects a large number of people to attend both live and virtual games.

“There are still people in the U.S. and Canada—first runs, people all over the world—but we’re still very interested in it,” Ashenbrenner said.

Since the memorial service is meant to keep her memory alive, Ashenbrenner said he wanted to provide some relief to children in need, so the specific charities receiving funds from the event reflect Beckett’s love for her community, especially children.

“We raised money for the Boys and Girls Club and the Food Bank in 2019, and we decided to stick with the Boys and Girls Club and the Food Bank because the kids were close to Sarah,” Ashenbrenner said. “It’s hard to see all the young people needing help these days. It would be great if we could help a little bit with that by getting them involved through the Boys and Girls Clubs.”

Runs have been virtual in the past due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Ashenbrenner said he hopes this year’s live event will bring community members together to heal and remember.

“It’s more of a healing event for the community, just bringing everyone together,” he said. “It wasn’t just me and the boys that lost Sarah, it was the community. She did a lot. She touched a lot of people.”

Additionally, running is an opportunity to make an impact in the community by promoting healthy living and fitness.

“Running promotes healthy living, brings the community together, and obviously gives back to the less fortunate,” Ashenbrenner said. “

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