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Emily's Parade Sunday 09.28.2014

The Ride and the ER::5K Run – Two Events. Communities United.

Photo by Jeff Faist/Phat Ratt Photography

The goal is uniting community. We're bringing a diverse group of folks together for an afternoon. Show the world that community bridges occupation, pastime, and passion. We're also raising funds for The "I Love U Guys" Foundation. We've done some amazing things in the aftermath of tragedy. It's an important message. Important actions. The generous donations from participants and onlookers are distributed responsibly and effectively toward the stated goals of The "I Love U Guys" Foundation.

The Ride

The 1st Annual Emily's Parade was held just 10 days after the shooting at Platte Canyon High School. It was quickly determined that the proceeds from that Ride would go to benefit the six heroes who were in the classroom with Emily. There was no official count of bikes in attendance, but they numbered in the thousands. Since then The Ride is held close to the anniversary date of the shooting.
Click for info and registration for this year's Ride.

Photo Gallery

We're grateful to multiple photographers for taking loads of great pix. Take a look at the photo albums on our Flickr page: The I Love U Guys Foundation's Photostream

As always, Southwest Scooter News encapsulated the feel of the day in a well-written article. Read it on their website now.

The ER::5K Run

Known as both Emily's Run or Emergency Responders' 5K, this memorial 5K run and walk is open to everyone. Hosted by the Park County Sheriff's Office, many Emergency Responder teams participate, along with others, on this true cross-country run.
Click for info and registration for this year's ER::5K.

The Inaugural Emily's Run 2007 and the ER::5K

On September 29, 2007, law enforcement officers and emergency responders from throughout the Rocky Mountain region converged on Bailey, Colorado for a memorial run as part of the 2nd Annual Emily's Parade.

The Jefferson County Regional SWAT team met at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Golden in the pre-dawn hours. With the memorial Guidon (flag) dedicated to the memory of Emily, and joined by Emily's twin brother Casey, the team set off to run the same roads they had driven on September 27, 2006, when responding to the emergency at Platte Canyon High School.

Hosted by The Jefferson County Regional SWAT team, the Run was a tribute to first responders across the nation, symbolizing the respect and committment of these essential individuals to their communities and to each other.

The Run stretched over 38 miles, with runners in teams of two or more carrying the Guidon. They were joined in Bailey by many more first responders and Platte Canyon High School students and completed the final 5K of the trek together. This Run was named the Emergency Responders 5K (ER::5K). An amazing achievement by some phenomenal people. A heartfelt "wow!" goes out to each one.

Left: Emily on the track team, Spring, 2006. Photo by Cal Smith.
Right: The Inaugural ER::5K, 9/29/07. Finishing the run at Platte Canyon High. Photo by Heather Kassman.