First Person

Show of force

On Sunday, Boston Police Runner’s Club president Cecil Jones will direct the “Run to Remember.”

Detective Cecil Jones at the memorial honoring police near the State House.
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Detective Cecil Jones at the memorial honoring police near the State House.

We’ve had 10,000 people sign up before, but races always seem to have a 20 percent no-show factor. That won’t happen [this time]. EVERYBODY WANTS TO SHOW THEIR RESPECT. NYPD is sending 40 people — they’ve been a great friend, because they’ve been down this road. We have commitments from Los Angeles PD — they are sending 20 officers — and Albany, New York. Chicago PD is up to 40. They’re actually offering to bring their uniforms [to volunteer]; that’s how committed they are.

IN THE INNER CIRCLE of our law enforcement community, Sean Collier broke [the Marathon] case. It was a tragedy he died, but because of him being there and those coward terrorists taking that shot at him, that put us on the fast track to ending this.

We’re going to pay our respects to Sean at the race. We’ll pay respects to those who lost their lives and all the people who were impacted that day. I think IT WILL BE HARD FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE TO HOLD BACK THE TEARS. As much as it will be nice to continue the race and have everyone experience the challenge of a half marathon, it comes at a price that won’t go away.


It’s important to me TO GIVE EVERYBODY THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAL. It’s an opportunity for us to give people a chance to run again in the city of Boston, and to run the same [Cambridge] streets that Sean patrolled. To give my law enforcement community a chance to go out and protect the city like we are supposed to. And to give all those runners, every single one of them, a chance to get on that starting line and share this experience, pay their respects, and do what we do best: Go out and have a great run.   — As told to Peter DeMarco

Interview has been edited and condensed.