Mountain Lake PBS Anchor Thom Hallock was honored to be the MC of the opening ceremonies for the 2018 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 police officers killed in the line of duty nationwide.

For the past 4 years, the Tour de Force Charity has also sponsored a Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and one mile walk at Point Au Roche. The 4th annual Tour de Force Charity Run was held Sunday with nearly 300 participants. Local law enforcement officers from New York State Police, and the Clinton, Essex & Franklin Sheriff’s Departments were on hand to present medals to the participants. Thanks to New York State Police Inspector John Tibbitts, Captain Brent Davison, Clinton County Sheriff Dave Favro, Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill, Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting, New York State Assemblyman Billy Jones and Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read for handing out the awards.

Prior to the Run, Inspector Tibbitts, Captain Davison, Sheriff Cutting and Sheriff Favro spoke on behalf of law enforcement officers from the North Country, killed in the line of duty, including New York State Troopers Brian Falb and Joel Davis, as well as Essex County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Eric Loiselle, and New York State Correction Officer Donna Payant. The event was held at the Mooney Bay Marina at Point Au Roche.