NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

March 27, 2013

Charity road races planned in Salisbury

By Angeljean Chiaramida
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALISBURY — Two road races will take place in Salisbury next month, and both will raise money for worthy causes.

On Saturday, April 6, the town’s Recreation Commission hosts the second annual Tortoise and Hare 10K-Run/3-Mile Walk. Beginning and ending at Lions Park, the race also has a 1-mile kids event.

Starting at 11 a.m., the run and walk utilize the area of Salisbury Ghost Trail.

Runners can register beforehand at heateventmanagement.com/tortoise-and-hare-10k, or on race day. Registration begins at Lions Park at 9 a.m. Costs are: $30 before and $35 on race day. The 3-mile walk costs are $10 prior to and $15 on race day.

About 150 runners have already signed up for the race, according to race organizers.

Money raised goes to the Coastal Trails Coalition as well as the Recreation Commission, a community-based group of volunteers who run a series of events for local children each year.

On Saturday, April 27, Cassidy’s 5K Race and Walk will take off at 10:30 a.m. from the Sylvan Street Grille, 195 Elm St. (Route 110).

The funds raised by the race will support Cassidy Claire Nicholas, the first child of Jeremy and Eva Nicholas, who works at Sylvan Street Grill.

Cassidy was born last August with Treacher-Collins syndrome. A rare genetic disorder, TCS affects the anatomy of the cranium and facial bone structure. The baby’s first surgery was a tracheotomy that allowed her to breathe on her own, but she already has more than 15 surgeries scheduled as she grows.

Sponsored by the Winners Circle Running Club, $25 is the registration fee for those who register prior to April 24, and $30 for those who register after that.

Visit runthecircle.org/cassidy to register online.