, Newburyport, MA

May 7, 2013

A great day at Cassidy's 5K

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

On Saturday April 27, a beautiful spring morning, 500 people came together in a parking lot in Salisbury to show their love and support for a beautiful little baby girl named Cassidy. They collectively moved from the parking lot crossing Route 110 and headed over to the Salisbury Ghost Rail Trail. They crowded behind a line until the starter’s pistol told them that it was time to move, time to run, time to walk, all in unity for Cassidy.

For many it was their first 5K … ever. Some had quit smoking and altered their lifestyles many months before just to be ready for this moment, this event. Why? Because of Cassidy. Cassidy was born last August, seven weeks premature and with a rare genetic disorder called Treacher-Collins Syndrome. It was a miracle that she survived birth. They came to run and to walk to celebrate Cassidy’s life; they came and ran to help support her future. They did well. And when they returned to the finish line after their adventure on the rail trail they were surprisingly greeted by the day’s smiling guest of honor!

Cassidy’s 5K would like to thank our sponsors: The Hydrant Regency, the Rogers Family, Talon Engineering, Atlantic Bridge and Engineering, SPS New England, Latitude Sports Club, Greater Boston Running Company, Yankee Runner, The Winner’s Circle Running Club and Sylvan Street Grille. Without your help the 1st Annual Cassidy’s 5K and Fun Walk would not have been the tremendous success that it was!

We would also like to thank the many people who made donations and collected pledges, and the many merchants that donated so many wonderful items for the post-race raffle, which was also a tremendous success!

Thank you to the Town of Salisbury, its residents and Sylvan Street Grille for hosting us. Thank you to the Winner’s Circle Running Club for all the help and support, and a special thank you to all of the volunteers and helpers on race day.

The last and largest thank-you goes to my race co-director, Rachel Jones, who worked tirelessly for many months to help make this the perfect day that it turned out to be. And, off topic, congratulations to Rachel, Mike and Jackson.

See you all next year when we do this again!

Scott Walsh

President WCRC, RD Cassidy’s 5K &WTT