AMESBURY — This weekend, Amesbury residents will have a chance to get out, be active and help support the hungry as part of the new Rock CAN Run road race, which organizers hope will become an Amesbury Days staple.
Andre Bailin, a 9-year-old Amesbury Elementary student, is the primary organizer of the event, and the idea is that participants will run a mile-long course up to the top of Powow Hill while bringing along some food to donate to Our Neighbor’s Table.
“It’s a one mile, uphill run that starts at the Costello Transportation Center in Amesbury and is going to go up Powow Hill,” said Eli Bailin, Andre’s father and a prominent running enthusiast in Amesbury. “It’ll take a one mile route up Elm Street, Market Street, Prospect and then Powow before finishing at Batchelder Park.”
The race will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m., and all participants will be required to bring at least five cans of food to donate to Our Neighbor’s Table, which they can either drop off at the starting line or carry with them to the top of the hill for a little extra challenge. Once at the top, the runners will be treated to some live music and ice cream.
Bailin said registration for the race is $15, and all proceeds will go to Our Neighbor’s Table and to Amesbury Days. He added that the whole event will last for less than an hour, and everyone who pre-registers ahead of time will also receive a T-shirt with his or her entry.
“It’s basically a food drive,” Bailin said. “We’ll have a drop at the beginning of the race and at the end if they want to run with the cans and sort of challenge themselves.”
To register for the event online, visit rockcanrun.racewire.com.