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Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross is offering “Lunch for 4 with Commissioner Gross at Legal Seafoods” as a silent auction item at the Ride for Live/Run for Liv this Sunday, July 14.
The family event will take place at the 4-H Fairgrounds at 55 South Chelmsford Road, Westford. Registration for athletes begins at 8 a.m.
Riders and runners from throughout the region gather annually for the event which includes a complementary barbecue lunch by Bianco’s Catering of Tyngsborough after all the races are completed. Kimball Farm ice cream will also be provided free-of-charge for participants.
The event features the following:
• 5K run or walk – starts at 11 a.m.
• 6-mile family ride – starts at 11 a.m.
• 23-mile timed bike ride – starts at 10 a.m.
• 50-mile timed bike ride – starts at 8:30 a.m.
The 50-mile ride, taking bicyclists to Chelmsford, Concord, Carlisle, Dunstable, Groton and Acton, was new last year.
Lowell Police cadets will join the road race.
The Ride/Run for Liv honors the memory of Olivia Marchand, a college-bound Westford Academy senior who in 2010 was killed in a tragic act of domestic violence. According to police, Olivia’s father, Bryan Marchand shot and killed himself after fatally injuring his daughter. Olivia’s mother, Jody Marchand, was critically injured in the same attack. A bullet entered her temple, shattered her jaw and lodged in her shoulder.
Jody founded the Live for Liv Foundation to raise awareness of domestic violence. A portion of the proceeds raised by the foundation goes to Alternative House a Lowell shelter for victims of domestic violence.
This year the foundation also awarded scholarships of $1,500 each to two Westford Academy seniors.
“The Ride/Run is the best day of the year for Jody,” said Live for Liv Foundation president, Carol Murphy. “She…wants to educate as many people as she can to prevent this from happening to other people.”