BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – While hundreds of people got on their bicycles for this year’s “Ride to Remember,” one man decided to run the entire one-hundred six mile route.
Bicyclists took off from Springfield to the State House in Boston at seven Saturday morning, but Watertown Police officer Brandon O’Neill got an early start. He began running across the state late Friday afternoon at four.
He’s taking part in this year’s “Ride to Remember” in support of fallen police officers, but there’s another cause closer to his heart.
Officer O’Neill’s nine year-old daughter Savannah died in December from congenital heart defect. He’s running the route to raise awareness for her condition.
Brandon O’Neill, Watertown Police Dept. told 22News, “I don’t ride bikes; I’m a true runner at heart and this is an opportunity for me to bring out the awareness for the It’s My Heart and represent my police officers who have fallen in the past.”
Officer O’Neill finished the run at around six this Saturday evening. He told 22 News, it was a challenging experience and he hasn’t decided if he’ll run again next year.