Hervé Leconte Runs to Tahoe in Support of Law Enforcement

by Placerville Newswire / Jul 15, 2016 / comments

Running for a good cause: Not Taking our Law Enforcement Officers for Granted! 

Hervé first came to our attention by holding up signs on highway 50 supporting our firefighters and law enforcement during the King Fire.  Just two weeks ago he ran to Tahoe and back to Camino celebrating the Independence Day holiday and on Friday, July 15, he runs back to Tahoe in solidarity and support for law enforcement.  Since July 4th, horrible events have unfolded – especially in Dallas, Texas. As a board member of Military Family Support Group, Hervé is particularly heartbroken since some of the officers killed in Dallas were veterans. (www.MFSGonline.org)

Events like this affect morale for our peace officers who put on a vest & a gun and go out every day to protect our community. We need our law enforcement officers more than ever and we need to show them that we care!
Hervé Leconte has his own unique way of showing support and is working in coordination with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office to plan another run in an effort to raise morale and funds.

This past July 4th Independence Day holiday ultra runner Hervé Leconte completed a 118-mile round-trip journey from his home in Camino to a friend’s cabin in South Lake Tahoe and back. After, Hervé Leconte wrote, "More than 20 people brought me water & encouragement during my 118-mile round trip Tahoe foot journey and so many more cheered me on via Facebook.  I am very grateful and I try to do what I am able to celebrate where our FREEDOM comes from. I was honored & privileged to bear the American flag on my run in celebration of Independence Day and local military families!"

Marlène Leconte Ramey responded, "Yes, it does sound like something my crazy French brother would do. Thank you to all of you, supporters, from the bottom of my heart. He means it all!"

Hervé was born in Normandy and raised in Paris, France. He became a proud American in 2000. His French mother was liberated on D-Day by Americans/Allies – the farm she was raised on in Normandy had been commandeered as a German command post. His French father recounted many stories from the German Occupation of France. Hervé has become an avid WWII buff (particularly the European campaign) and collector of memorabilia of D-Day found in Normandy. He has been actively involved with the MFSG as a member since 2009, while his son was deployed in Afghanistan for 12 months. He understands the special challenges faced by today’s military families from his own personal experience and is passionate about improving the lives of military families & veterans in his local community and beyond.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office website said, "Today we were touched by yet another act of kindness and generosity by one of our community members.

"Mr. Leconte (seen in the photo) will be running from Placerville to South Lake Tahoe, this Friday, July 15, 2016. He is doing this to show solidarity with El Dorado County law enforcement. The run will also be a fundraiser to support the families of the five Dallas police officers killed in the line of duty last week. The funds raised will be sent to Texas to be dispersed to the fallen officers families. Mr. Leconte has specified that he would also like the El Dorado County Sheriff's Posse to keep 50% of the funds raised for an EDC family emergency fund. 


What: Gratitude Solo RUN for LE (65 miles)

Where: Beginning at El Dorado County Sheriff's Office
300 Fair Lane, Placerville

Ending at El Dorado County Sheriff's Office
1360 Johnson Blvd., South Lake Tahoe

When: Friday, July 15, 2016

Time: Departure 2:00 AM 
Arrival at approximately 7:00 PM

Funds can be made out to the "El Dorado County Sheriff's Posse and mailed to our office at 300 Fair Lane Placerville, CA 95667."

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office added, "He is leaving from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office located at 300 Fair Lane Placerville. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to show their support for such a great cause."

Julie Seth Leconte said that he will need a water bottle posse..."he will need two unopened, room temperature (NOT chilled) water bottles left every 6 miles along the WB side of Highway 50 starting at Sly Park Road to Johnson Pass and then back to Hwy 50. Preferably with special labels so he knows they are safe and for him."
"Some of you already donated and I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. 100% of the money goes to help EDC Military Families" said Hervé.  Military Family Support Group is a local all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and uplifting our local military and veteran families and to improve community awareness of the particular challenges they live with every day. 


Follow up: El Dorado County Sheriff's Office

Today [Fri] at about 7PM, Mr. Leconte completed his 62 mile run from the Placerville Sheriff's Office to the South Lake Tahoe Office in support of the fallen Dallas Police Officers. We were honored to celebrate the finish of Mr. Leconte's tremendous endeavor, which was mostly uphill on a hot summer day. Members of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department joined us to thank Mr. Leconte for acknowledging the many brave men and women of law enforcement who have died in the line of duty. We are so fortunate to have the support of amazing citizens in El Dorado County like Mr. Leconte. We rely heavily upon the trust, cooperation, and support of our citizens to succeed in our mission. Thank you to our residents and visitors for helping us ensure peace and safety in El Dorado County

Video: https://www.facebook.com/eldoradosheriff/videos/517148268493063/