Posted by: ithacacatholicworker | May 28, 2010

The First Annual Peter DeMott Peace Trot 5K Memorial Run, by Patrick O’Neill

Father’s Day June 20, 2010
Peace Trot Poster
When Ithaca peace activist Peter DeMott died suddenly on Feb. 19,
2009, the community and the nation lost one of its greatest advocates
for peace and justice. Peter, who died at age 62 after a fall while
working in a tree, also left behind his wife, Ellen Grady, and the
couple’s four daughters, Marie, Kate, Nora and Saoirse.

Although Peter never ran competitively, he was an avid distance
runner, who maintained a bruising pace that would have been considered
fast for a person 40 years his junior. To honor Peter’s memory, his
friends from throughout Ithaca and beyond will gather on Father’s Day,
June 20, on the Cornell University campus for the first annual “Peter
DeMott Trot,” a non-competitive 5K race that will also serve as a
fundraiser the ministry of the Ithaca Catholic Worker.

Peter was a committed Catholic peace activist who spent time in prison
for numerous anti-war protests. A Vietnam veteran, Peter lived and
worked with the late Philip Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister at
Baltimore’s Jonah House as part of the Atlantic Life Communities
before settling in Ithaca with his family.

Ithacans may remember Peter as the person who worked in high trees to
supplement his family’s income or they might have seen him running
along the road on his early morning jaunts; his pace, like his spirit,
always steady and strong. Peter tended his garden, chopped wood for
the stove and chauffeured his girls to piano lessons. Others joined
Peter in his many direct actions in opposition to war. His final
arrest came at the Pentagon on Dec. 28, 2008, a charge Peter never
faced because he died before his court date.

The inaugural “Peter DeMott Peace Trot” will begin at 1pm at the ’64
Grove, Cornell Plantations, Ithaca, NY. Registration opens at 11am.
Those wishing to register in advance may do so by downloading the form
at  Contributions may be sent to
411 South Plain Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 or online at the above
address. T-shirts to honor Peter’s memory will be available for all
competitors. The overall winners in the men’s and women’s divisions
will receive a carpenter’s hammer to be used to disarm any weapon of
war or for construction purposes. Other adults and kids will also
receive age-group “Peter DeMott Disarmament Awards.”

For more information on the Peter De Mott Peace Trot, call:
(607)-277-6932 or email:


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