June 15, 2014 12:42 pm

Thousands run for fallen Mounties as memorial dismantled

WATCH: Seven thousand people ran, walked and biked three kilometres to honour the three officers — all fathers — killed last week by a lone gunman. In an incredible gesture of community spirit, the participants all wore red and paused during their race to say thank you to the rows of Mounties who lined the entire route.  Allison Vuchnich reports.

MONCTON, N.B. – Hundreds of people running for three fallen Mounties put their race on hold today to shake the hands of officers as a memorial in front of an RCMP detachment was dismantled.

RCMP Sgt. Alain LeBlanc says the memorial race was held to honour the three officers gunned down in Moncton.

LeBlanc says as people ran past the Codiac detachment, every runner stopped to shake the hands of Mounties dressed in their red serge, who were dismantling a makeshift memorial.

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LeBlanc described it as a final salute and says the officers were very touched.

He says the memorial on the steps of the detachment – which included flowers, gifts and notes – took about an hour to take down and dozens of people watched.

LeBlanc says some of the items will go to the families of constables Douglas Larche, Fabrice Gevaudan and Dave Ross.

WATCH ABOVE: Moncton community participates in run in remembrance fallen RCMP officers.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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