Eric Nystedt Memorial Run

The following notice was placed in the Nov 21, 1998 edition of the Sault Star

The executive committee of the Eric Nystedt Memorial Run wishes to inform its many supporters that after five successful years the run has now "retired".

This event served as a memorial to Eric and other fallen law enforcement officers, bringing together the community and law enforcement officers in a celebration of fitness. In its five years the run raised more than $30,000 to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and the Eric Nystedt Memorial Fitness Award.

Our thanks to local businesses and agencies, volunteers and to the running and walking paticipants who contributed to the success of this community event.

Background information

Why the event was created
The Eric Nystedt Memorial Run was established in 1994 to recognize Ontario Provincial Police Officer, and former Saultite, Constable Eric Nystedt who was killed in the line of duty. It provided an annual opportunity to bring together the various Police forces and citizens in memory of Eric and other law enforcement officers who risk their lives to ensure community safety.

Profile of Eric Nystedt
Eric Nystedt served 3 years with the O.P.P. before his death in 1993 at the age of 24. His assailant was charged and convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 18 years in jail. During his O.P.P. career, Eric was a model officer, and an avid runner- he was a member of the O.P.P. running team. The race logo depicts Eric's O.P.P. badge number 7899.

Who benefitted from the event proceeds
Since its inception, the run has raised over $24,000 for charitable causes. Proceeds supported the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation and also funded annual Fitness Awards in Eric's memory.

What is significant about the run
The Eric Nystedt Memorial Run has attracted over 450 competitive and recreational runners and walkers from Sault Ste. Marie and across Ontario and Michigan. It offered a distance for every age and ability: 2km family fun trot, 5km walk/run and 10 km race. The event was staged along the scenic river front. In 1998, the 10 km event met sanctioning requirements for a Class B race with the Ontario Road Runners Association. This assured competitive runners that course accuracy, results and safety standards were met.