Army Captain Christopher Scott Cash died on June 24, 2004, when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle came under attack in Baqubah, Iraq by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. The Old Orchard Beach native left behind a wife and two sons that day. With the help of Veterans Count Maine, the philanthropic arm of Easter Seals Military and Veterans Services, they eventually translated their grievous loss into something their running-enthusiast father and husband would have loved.
Support the veterans’ cause by running in the 13th Annual Run for Cash, a 5K race and 3-mile walk beginning at Old Orchard Beach High School (40 Emerson Cummings Blvd) on Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 a.m., with pre-race packet pickup on Friday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the same location. Register online at http://runforcash.org/ for $25 (students $15) for the 5K or the walk. You’ll be helping servicemen and women, their families, and you’ll be generating some cash of your own, if you’re in the top three male or female finishers the first-place prize is $150, with $100 and $50 for second and third places, respectively.
Or, if you’re a runner who prefers something a little more low-key, like maybe followed by a beer or two, check out Portland’s installation of the Craft Brew Races, at Payson Park (700 Baxter Blvd.) on Saturday, July 1 at 10 a.m. This is a relaxed, yet still timed, 5K race (walkers welcome) around our own Back Cove, finishing in the midst of a 40-brewery beer festival in the park. Get your race, festival-only, or designated driver tickets at http://craftbrewraces.com/portland/ for $60, $50, and $15, respectively. Drinking participants get a pint glass and access to the wide-ranging beer sampling, groovy live music, vendors, and multiple food trucks on site. If you’re wondering just how chill this event is meant to be, many runners will be donning costumes, and you are encouraged to join them.
Whatever you do, keep those feet running, and keep watching this spot for more chances to join races.