19th Annual 2020 Race Update

Unfortunately, our 19th Annual DC Raymond M Downey “Forever Running” Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be canceled as a live event. As a family of first responders, we understand and see firsthand the gravity of what has happened in our state and in our local communities. We have seen loss among our own families and friends. We obviously cannot fund raise this year like we usually do, as so many of our donors and sponsors have been affected physically and financially. We, however, would like to continue to donate to organizations and charities we have supported in the past and will continue in the future. The Father’s Day 5K Run/Walk is our only fundraising event that keeps the D.C. Raymond M. Downey Scholarship/Charity organization funded.
If you would still like to make a donation to the charity fund, we will be offering a “Virtual Run/Walk”. We ask that you run/walk a 5K during the week of June 21st (Father’s Day- June 28th) following appropriate CDC guidelines or at a later date when you feel safe to run outdoors. You could sign up at https://runsignup.com/raydowney5k

We were unable to make shirts for this year's event but we are going to offer tie-dyed versions of past year staff shirts or runner shirts for those who register. -Shirts are NOT guaranteed (sizes and colors of race shirts are limited- it will be first come first serve) and will be pickup only, in which dates and locations will be provided. Contact Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 631-495-4026

All proceeds raised will be donated in memory of our father to support COVID-19 affected.

There will be links to social media sites for you to post pictures of yourselves running in past, or tie-dyed versions of the race shirt.

Thank you for your continued support of our event, “We will never forget”.
The Downey Family

News - June 2019

The Downey Family would like to thank all the runners who participated in the 18th Annual DC Raymond M Downey "Forever Running" Memorial 5K Run/Walk. It was another great day and we appreciate your continued support. Pro Game Athletics has sponsored of our event for the second year and we couldn't be happier to be working with their professional team. Pro Game Athletics has offered to make an additional donation to our fund through their camps. Please consider signing up your child in the camps and the Downey Scholarship Charity Fund will receive a donation. 
For run times and finish line video go to www.start2finish.com


Run photos will be posted on face book- DC Raymond Downey Fathers Day 5K Run Walk shortly


"We Will Never Forget"

About Deputy Chief Raymond M. Downey
After serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Middle East, Ray Downey was appointed to the New York City Fire Department in 1962. Chief Downey’s phenomenal 39-year career with the FDNY was built upon success after success and rescue after rescue. One of the most decorated men in the department, Chief Downey received five individual medals for valor and 16 unit citations. Additionally, referred to as “The Master of Disaster” and “God”, Downey, commanding officer of the Special Operations Command (SOC), died in the line of duty while helping others escape from the fire and collapse scene of the World Trade Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. He was truly a legend in his own time. 

The Deputy Chief Raymond M. Downey Scholarship Charity Fund All proceeds from the race will benefit the organizations supported by the family of Ray Downey.

Scholarship Charity Fund

As a tribute to Chief Downey's legacy, his family has established the D.C. Raymond Downey Scholarship Charity Fund to keep his memory alive and to benefit the many organizations that Chief Downey cherished.

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2020 Annual Run Information

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2019 Race Times / Results / Awards

In Memory of DC Ray Downey

Reps. Peter King (R-Seaford) and Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) pressed the bill to award Congress' highest civilian honor - the Congressional Gold Medal - to government workers who died responding to the terrorist attacks and to passengers aboard United flight 93 who fought the hijackers and kept the airliner from making its way to the nation's capital.

Families of other victims who performed heroically would apply to the Treasury Department for the honor. The bill passed 392 to 2; the two votes against were Amo Houghton, a Republican from upstate New York, and Ron Paul (R-Texas).

"These are the people who fought the first battle of the first great war of the 21st century," King said.

Another measure, offered by Rep. Felix Grucci (R-East Patchogue) and passed by the House on a voice vote, put the House on record supporting a national day of motivation and inspiration.

In the post 9/11 world, according to Grucci, Jan. 2 would be the perfect National Motivation and Inspiration Day, a time for reflection. Grucci said motivation is critical to success; children need mentors to be motivated; and mentors in turn become motivated by inspiring the young.

A third measure by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills), passed 393 to 0, would rename a Deer Park post office to honor New York City fire chief Raymond Downey, who died at the World Trade Center. Israel said Downey was a true hero and "His colleagues knew that and called him 'God.'"

All three measures now go to the Senate, where little action is expected this year.

The bills represent just some of the many ideas that have resulted from the terror attacks. Other bills would do everything from creating commemoration coins to allowing tax write-offs for visits to New York City. President George W. Bush recently signed into law a proposal by Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Jamaica Estates) to create a fund-raising stamp for survivors of rescuers.

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