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Mountain Lake PBS Anchor Thom Hallock was honored to be host of the opening ceremonies for the 2019 Tour de Force Charity Run on Sunday at Point Au Roche, NY. The Tour de Force Charity was started in 2002 by two N.Y.C. Detectives to raise money for the victims of the September 2001 Terrorists Attacks. Since then the organization has been holding an annual bicycle ride between New York and Boston to raise money for the families of law enforcement/corrections officers killed in the line of duty nationwide.

For the past 5 years, the Tour de Force Charity has also sponsored a Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and one mile walk at Point Au Roche. The 5th annual Tour de Force Charity Run was held Sunday with nearly 300 participants. Local law enforcement officers from New York State Police, the Essex & Franklin Sheriff’s Departments, and the honor guard from Altona Correctional Facility were on hand to present medals to the participants. Thanks to New York State Police Lieutenant Peter Arcadi, Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill, Essex County Sheriff David Reynolds, the honor guard from Altona Correctional Facility, and New York State Assemblyman Billy Jones Read for handing out the awards.

Prior to the Run, Lt. Arcadi and Mark Cunningham spoke on behalf of the law enforcement and corrections officers honored this year. The race was dedicated in memory of New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark, as well as Department of Corrections Sgt. Edward Cunningham, and NYC PD Patrolmen Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones. The event was held at the Mooney Bay Marina at Point Au Roche.