Alex Decoteau Remembrance Run, Walk or Wheel

Alex Decoteau winning a race.

A popular way to “actively” engage your community in remembrance is to organize an Alex Decoteau Remembrance Run, Walk or Wheel. Help show that Canada remembers!

Why?

  • Alexander Decoteau, a Cree from Saskatchewan born in 1887, became Canada’s first Indigenous police officer and competed as a runner in the 5-km race in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden!
  • In 1916, Decoteau joined the Canadian army as a battalion messenger, running messages across battlefields in the face of enemy fire.
  • Tragically, Private Decoteau was killed in October 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele, just before his 30th birthday.
  • In his memory, Alex Decoteau remembrance runs are held every year in Canada and Belgium.

When?

Leading up to November 11 - Remembrance Day - you could hold a run on:

  • October 30: The day Alex Decoteau was killed in action
  • November 8: National Aboriginal Veterans Day
  • November 10: The end of the Battle of Passchendaele

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